[Recap] Maxwell Lectures Webinar: Harmonising Judicial Approaches to Choice of Law in Arbitration Agreement

Maxwell Lectures - 19 August 2021 (recap)

Maxwell Chambers successfully concluded Maxwell Lectures: Harmonising Judicial Approaches to Choice of Law in Arbitration Agreement on 19 August 2021, featuring Dr. Winnie Jo-Mei Ma from The Arbitration Chambers. This webinar explored the sources and causes of the incessant inconsistency and intricacy in judicial determination of the law governing the arbitration agreement. Alleviating the current uncertainty demands concerted efforts by the parties to expressly specify the law governing their arbitration agreement, as well as by legislatures and arbitral institutions to provide for default choice of law.   Highlights from the Poll Results: (1) If (a) the parties have not expressly chosen any law for...

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#10QuestionswithMaxwell Interview Series: Prof Benjamin Hughes, Independent Arbitrator

Interview Series - Benjamin Hughes

Our next #10QuestionsWithMaxwell interview features Prof Benjamin Hughes, an independent arbitrator, member of the SIAC Court, resident at The Arbitration Chambers and adjunct professor of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. In this interview, he shared with us his proudest achievement in his career, what he finds most challenging about being an arbitrator, his teaching philosophy and more.   Read his full interview below:   Q: What attracted you to a career in arbitration? A: When I started my legal career, I was not interested in doing any disputes work. I wanted to have a nice peaceful career doing deals and bringing parties...

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Maxwell Lectures Webinar: Harmonising Judicial Approaches to Choice of Law in Arbitration Agreement | 19 August 2021

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In the absence of the parties’ express choice of law for their arbitration agreement and any default choice provided by the applicable legislative or institutional rules, courts worldwide remain divided between the law governing the contract and the law of arbitral seat. This is because of different timing or context for determining the law applicable to the arbitration agreement, different types of arbitration agreement, or different permutations of the parties’ chosen seat and chosen law for their contract. The courts also disagree on the parties’ intentions when ascertaining the implied choice of law or the law with the closest connection,...

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#10QuestionswithMaxwell Interview Series: Prof Lawrence Boo

Interview Series - Prof Lawrence Boo

Maxwell Chambers launches a brand new social media project, #10QuestionswithMaxwell, seeking to understanding more about our interviewee through their insights on the ADR industry, their memories of Maxwell Chambers and more. Our first guest is none other than Prof Lawrence Boo, Head of Chambers at The Arbitration Chambers and Board of Directors at Maxwell Chambers. Prof Boo shared with the team about the changing landscape of arbitration, his advice to young lawyers trying to get into the field of arbitration, his early memories of 28 Maxwell Road (used to be the Traffic Police HQ) and more.   Read his full interview with the...

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