Why SIAC

Arbitration in Singapore

Singapore – A Dynamic Cosmopolitan City State with Excellent Infrastructure and Communications


What Singapore Has to Offer

• Singapore is ranked jointly with London as the most popular seat in the world, and is the most preferred seat in Asia-Pacific*
• Neutral, independent third-country venue ranked top Asian counry in 2020 Rule of Law Index and 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index
• Strong multicultural society, with excellent legal and technological expertise as well as language fluency.
• Strategic location in Southeast Asia with excellent connectivity and digital infrastructure
• Open economy and business-friendly environment that is a global hub for businesses and headquarters for leading companies
UNCITRAL Model Law is the cornerstone of Singapore's legislation on international commercial arbitration which is regularly updated to incorporate internationally accepted codes and rules for arbitration
• As a party to the 1958 New York Convention (on enforcement of arbitration awards). Singapore arbitration awards are enforceable in over 160 countries worldwide
• Strong tradition of the rule of law, supported by a highly skilled and respected judiciary
• Court offers maximum judicial support and minimum intervention in international arbitration proceedings
• Parties have complete freedom of choice of counsel in arbitration proceedings
• No restriction on foreign law firms doing arbitration work in Singapore.
• Non–resident lawyers and arbitrators do not require work permits to carry out arbitration services in Singapore
• Excellent hearing facilities and support services (e.g. transcription, translation and intepretation services) at Maxwell Chambers, Asia’s first integrated dispute resolution complex with state-of-the-art hearing facilities
• Lower costs than in almost any other major centre of arbitration
• Third party funding allowed in the field of international arbitration and related proceedings
• Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) empowered to hear proceedings under the Singapore International Arbitration Act, including applications to set-aside awards, jurisdictional challenges and enforcement applications


*Source: 2021 Queen Mary University of London and White & Case International Arbitration Survey: Adapting Arbitration to a Changing World
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