[Maxwell Lectures] Lex constructionis – or My Country first?

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Contract law in all countries in the world is based on the twin principles of freedom of contract, and pacta sunt servanda. However, each jurisdiction has laws that impact on contracts for construction work.  Local laws apply if the governing law of the contract is in the jurisdiction, if the site of the construction work is in the jurisdiction, or if the seat of dispute resolution is in the jurisdiction. This lecture explores the question of whether there are universally accepted principles of construction law, a lex constructionis, or whether it is Trumped in every jurisdiction by local laws that differ from international norms.

Three issues will be discussed that can promote greater uniformity in the international practice of construction law: the use of FIDIC contracts, international commercial arbitration and the UNIDROIT Principles of Commercial Contracts.


Date:  10 September 2020


  • 5:45pm – 6pm  – Registration
  • 6pm – 7pm  – Seminar
  • 7pm – 8pm  – Light refreshments & networking


Venue:  Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road, #03-01, Singapore 069115



Dr Donald Charett

Dr Charrett is a Barrister and practises in construction law as an Arbitrator, Expert Determiner, Mediator and Member of Dispute Boards. He is a member of the FIDIC President’s List of Adjudicators and an accredited FIDIC Trainer. As Senior Fellow at Melbourne University, he co-presents a Master’s course in international construction law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as an engineer for over 30 years.

Dr Charrett has published widely and presented numerous conference papers andtraining courses. He is the author/joint author/editor of five books on construction law, including “The International Application of FIDIC Contracts: A Practical Guide”.





Who should attend?

This lecture will be of interest to legal practitioners, arbitration professionals and academics and students interested in the challenges inherent in the international practice of construction law.



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1 Public CPD Point

Attendance Policy: Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

Practice Area: Building & Construction

Training Category: General

Registration Fee: $50.00



1) Registration – Limited slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that payment is required in order for your slot to be confirmed. The Organiser reserves the right to turn away participants whose attendance has not been confirmed. If the seminar is full, strictly no walk-ins are allowed.

2) Cancellations – If you are unable to attend, a substitute participant is welcome at no extra charge. Please inform us of the substitute participant’s particulars in writing. A full refund less 10% administrative charge will be returned for cancellations received in writing by 3 September 2020. Regrettably, no refunds will be made for cancellations received after 3 September 2020.

The Organiser reserves the right to cancel or alter the content and timing of the programme or the identity of the speakers. In the event that the Seminar is cancelled by the Organiser, the registration fee (less bank charges) will be refunded.