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Beyond the Black Box: Unlocking Opportunities as an Aspiring Arbitrator | 25 June 2024

In the competitive arbitration landscape, securing the first appointment as an arbitrator is a significant milestone. Insights from experienced arbitrators in our #10QuestionswithMaxwell interview series on how aspiring and young arbitrators can get their first appointment emphasise gaining visibility and exposure through speaking engagements, contributing to publications, accumulating relevant experience, building rapport with arbitral institutions, and joining young practitioner groups. Patience, confidence and a strong personal brand are also highlighted as essential qualities for success.    

For our third roundtable session, join the facilitators Hazel Tang and Darius Chan to explore the important factors to consider in attaining the first appointment and more. 

The discussion, subject to the Chatham House Rules, will address, amongst others:

  • Strategies to raise your profile, find appointment opportunities and build a support network
  • Building blocks to becoming an arbitrator
  • Managing expectations after securing your first arbitral appointment – What next and how do you navigate your first cases?
  • Identifying potential conflicts of interests that can pose a challenge in your appointment
  • The role of a Tribunal Secretary – The “Fourth Arbitrator”?
  • What are factors and considerations that influence institutions when appointing first-time arbitrators?
  • The role of institutions to promoting diversity and inclusivity in arbitration panels

The number of participants will be limited to ensure the invitees have an opportunity participate in the discussion. Successful registrants will be notified by email as soon as possible.

Please RSVP by 17 April 2023. We look forward to having you join us!



A/Prof Darius Chan practises as an independent arbitrator and advocate with Breakpoint LLC and Fountain Court Chambers. He is concurrently appointed Deputy Director of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy.

Bilingual in English and Chinese, Darius is qualified in New York, England and Singapore. Darius has an active practice as an independent legal expert and he has provided opinions for use in the Chinese, Swiss and U.S. courts. Additionally, he has been appointed emergency, sole and presiding arbitrator in arbitrations under a variety of governing laws. Darius is ranked a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, a Band 1 Junior by Legal 500, and a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who's Who Legal Arbitration Future Leaders.

Hazel Tang

Hazel Tang is an independent arbitrator and accredited mediator in Singapore and Shanghai.

She was formerly the Counsel in charge of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration case management team in Singapore. Prior to joining ICC, she was a Centre Director at Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) and a Partner at Rajah & Tann Asia.

Hazel’s experience in practice spans across the areas of litigation, arbitration, adjudication, negotiation and mediation, with focus in the construction and infrastructure industry.


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