7th ICC Asia Pacific Conference on International Arbitration

21-22 Jun 2022

Singapore English CPD/MCLE/CNB credits/points available

ICC’s annual Asia-Pacific Conference is taking place in Singapore on 22 June 2022!

Attend this conference to keep up-to-date with the latest regional developments in international arbitration. This first hybrid edition will offer a line-up of world-class speakers and topical discussions.

The conference will be preceded by an ICC Institute Training on "Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration: The Good, the Bad and the In Between" on 21 June 2022.

Who should attend?

  • Practising lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in Asia
21 June: ICC Institute Training – Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration: The good, the bad and the in between
22 June: Conference


Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.10

Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the mock case

09.10 – 10.10

Oral versus written advocacy: counsel and tribunal perspectives

  • Defining the elements of “oral advocacy”: pleadings, witnesses, experts, demonstratives, other features
  • Early assessment of the pros and cons of the elements of “oral advocacy”: the opportunities and the limitations depending on the initial presentation of the dispute
  • Perspectives as claimant versus as respondent
  • The interrelationship between the assessment and the selection of the tribunal members: party autonomy vs. tribunal direction
  • The interrelationship between the assessment and the applicable law(s) including respecting burden of proof and burden of persuasion
  • The assessment and the desired role for the tribunal: “inquisitorial” vs. “adversarial” vs. something in between

10.10 – 10.30


10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 11.30

Oral advocacy, party autonomy and the determination of the facts of the dispute: the opening statement at the hearing

- The hearing and oral opening statements: good practices, bad practices, best practices

- Orally pleading the case “through” prior written memorials: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives

- Opening statements and post-hearing briefs: the desired relationship

- Exhibits and visuals and their role in oral advocacy and decision-making

11.30 – 13.00

Case scenarios and Q&A

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.00

Focus on cross-examination

- Effective preparation for cross examination

- Effective styles of cross-examination

- Remember the dead horse”: knowing when to let go

- “Putting your case to the witness” versus character assassination

- Lay witnesses and expert witnesses

15.00 – 16.00

Case scenarios and Q&A

16.00 – 16.15

Coffee break

16.15 – 16.45

Oral advocacy at the main hearing

- Orally pleading the case “through” witness examination: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives

- Closing statements and post-hearing briefs: transcripts, recency and the new emphasis on speed in rendering the award

16.45 – 17.45

Case scenarios and Q&A

17.45 – 18.00

Concluding remarks

*All times are shown in Singapore Standard Time.

08.30 – 09.00

Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 10.00

Food for Thought: Quo Vadis Asia Pacific?

This session will explore recent arbitration developments in the Asia Pacific region. The panel will discuss important domestic court decisions and changes in national legislation that have an impact on international arbitration practices in their respective jurisdictions.


Opening Dialogue

10.00 – 10.15

Welcome address

10.15 – 10.45

Keynote address

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15

Fireside Chat: How does the global supply chain shape the international arbitration landscape in the Asia Pacific?

The trend of multilaterism in international trade and investment has created not just some of the world’s largest trading blocs, but it has also formed global supply chains that proliferate across borders. Recent initiatives such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) aim to regulate global supply chain and provide dispute resolution mechanisms for its member states The global supply chain phenomenon greatly influences the arbitration landscape in the Asia Pacific region. In this chat, the panel will discuss this fascinating issue and how global trade and ADR stakeholders ensure business continuity for everyone, every day, everywhere.


Lunch Break

13.45 –14.45

The Tale of Building Trust: Arbitration and ADR as the go-to dispute settlement mechanism for pharmacology and biotechnology disputes

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the international arbitration community has witnessed an increase in pharmacology and biotechnology disputes. These industries can be tricky to navigate due to their complex workings of supply, production, manufacturing, licensing, and distribution chains. As a result, disputes concerning intellectual property rights and breaches of distribution agreements, amongst others, often arise. This panel will discuss how arbitration and/or other ADR mechanisms may benefit parties in different types of pharmacology and biotechnology disputes and how these methods may, in practice, complement litigation alike.

14.45 – 15.05


15.05 – 16.05

Corruption in International Arbitration

With several multilateral trade and investment agreements in the Asia Pacific region, coupled with an increasing appetite for business, more and more countries in the region are engaging with foreign companies. As encouraging and as thrilling as this sounds, issues of corruption and illegality cannot be laid to rest just yet. In this session, the panel will examine the lay of the land in terms of corruption in international arbitration. The panel will navigate how states and its entities may work together with the relevant stakeholders such as national corruption commissions, lawyers and business players in harmonising the combat of corruption and illegality in foreign investment and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

16.05 – 16.25


16.25 – 16.50

Coffee break

16.50 – 17.50

Ready, Set, Debate!

House A: This House believes that the ‘No Win No Fee’ scheme is a welcome feature in strengthening international ADR practice

House B: This House believes that the ‘No Win No Fee’ scheme should not be legislated for use in international ADR practice

In recent years, legislative changes pertaining to the ‘No Win No Fee’ scheme has emerged as a hot topic in international arbitration. In January 2022, Singapore passed a law that allows lawyers and their clients to enter into ‘no win no fee’ agreements in certain proceedings, including those of arbitration and mediation. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, efforts to put ‘no win no fee’ into legislation for arbitration and related court proceedings are in motion. This panel will delve further into the topic and discuss the impact of this arrangement on arbitration practice and any potential repercussions along the way.


Closing Remarks


Blossom Hing

Director, Dispute Resolution and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts, Drew & Napier, Singapore

Michael Hwang SC

Barrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Michael Hwang Chambers LLC, Singapore

Joongi Kim

Professor, Yonsei Law School, Republic of Korea; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Lim Wei Lee

Deputy Head, Banking & Financial Disputes and Partner, International Arbitration, WongPartnership LLP, Singapore; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law

Margaret Joan Ling

Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore

Axel Reeg

Attorney-at-Law, REEGRECHTSANWÄLTE, Germany

Gitta Satryani

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Singapore


Justin D' Agostino CEO and Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
Chiann Bao Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers, Singapore; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Abhinav Bhushan Member, International Arbitrator & Chief Executive for Asia, 39 Essex Chambers, Singapore
Tejus Chauhan Director, South Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
Alexander G. Fessas

Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Tom Glasgow

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer (Asia), Omni Bridgeway, Singapore

Donna Huang Director, North Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Shanghai
Sanjeev K. Kapoor Partner, Khaitan & Co, India; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Joongi Kim Professor, Yonsei Law School, Republic of Korea; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Kevin K. Kim Partner, Peter & Kim Attorneys at Law, Seoul; President, ICC Court Alumni Group
Sae Youn Kim Partner, Kim & Chang, Republic of Korea
Edwina Kwan Partern, King & Wood Mallesons, Australia
Smitha Menon Partner, Wong Partnership LLP, Singapore; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Chelva R. Rajah SC Partner, Tan Rajah & Cheah, Singapore
Hon Mr Justice L Nageshwara Rao Judge, Supreme Court of India
Anselmo Reyes International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), Singapore
Earl J. Rivera-Dolera Head of International Arbitration Practice, Frasers Law, Vietnam
Claudia Salomon President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Jay Patrick Santiago Associate Counsel, Kyndryl, Philippines
Sitpah Selvaratnam Consultant, Messrs Tommy Thomas Advocates & Solicitors, Malaysia; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
K. Shanmugam SC Minister for Home Affairs and Minister of Law, Singapore
Helen Shi Partner, Fangda Law Firm, China; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Kabir Singh Partner, Clifford Chance, Singapore
Yin Ye CEO, BGI Group, China

More speakers will be announced in due course.

Dates and venue

Date of the Training: 21 June 2022

Date of the Conference: 22 June 2022

Venue: Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich Street, 078885, Singapore


Early bird until 20 May 2022

7th ICC Asia-Pacific Conference: US$ 399/ € 367

ICC Institute Training: US$ 499/ € 459

Discount package – Training and Conference: US$ 719/ € 661

Price after early bird: 

7th ICC Asia-Pacific Conference: US$ 589/ € 541

ICC Institute Training: US$ 750/ € 689

Discount package – Training and Conference: US$ 1 071/ € 984

Special discounts

ICC Members may benefit from a 20% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.

In house Counsel and Government representatives may attend the conference free of charge.

Full time Academics may benefit from a 30% discount.

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. ICC has however secured a room block at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre with preferential rates. A link will be sent upon registration allowing participants to make their reservations directly.

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By registering and attending the 7th ICC Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore you undertake to comply with health and safety regulations imposed by the local authorities and the hotel. You also acknowledge that you are required to be fully vaccinated and that it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor areas of the hotel. Although TraceTogether and SafeEntry checks are no longer required at hotel entrances, participants are advised to carry a copy of their vaccination certificate.

Keep abreast of updates on Singapore’s Covid-19 situation here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

Credits, hours and points

This event is eligible for credits/hours/points before the French Bar, NY Bar, Singapore Bar and The Law Society of Hong Kong. Please note that this is subject to validation of ICC Global Events’ applications (or individual application, as necessary) to the afore mentioned Bars.

Further, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org if you have any questions or would like further information.

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