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Maritime Arbitration: Exercising Choice

  • International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law Bangunan Sulaiman, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin Kuala Lumpur 50000 Malaysia (map)


Members MYR 50.00 | Non Members MYR 90.00

Disputes are all too common in the maritime industry. This is unsurprising considering the variety of parties involved in the complex interaction in any maritime adventure, which facilitates maritime business across the globe. Arbitration is an established and popular method used to resolve maritime disputes, with benefits and drawbacks. The Evening Interaction Series of talks, guarantees valuable information and vibrant discussion from expert maritime arbitrators on the importance of exercising choice in a maritime dispute.

Maritime Arbitration: Exercising Choice

  • Choice of seat and Rules, that impact on costs
  • Choice of other ADR methods, including International Commercial Courts
  • Choice of Arbitrators and Counsel, to transfer skill and technology and yet ensure quality
  • Choice of opting out of reference on questions of law for finality, versus authoritative development of the law
  • Choice of Experts and processes for expert testimony

About the Speakers

Sitpah Selvaratnam

Sitpah Selvaratnam, Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn; Arbitrator. Qualified in 1988 with a First Class Honours degree in law from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and in 1991 with a LLM from the University of Cambridge. Conferred a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2008, upon completion of study at Keble College Oxford. Practicing law in Malaysia since 1991, focused on corporate insolvency, commercial and shipping litigation and disputes. Has represented diverse Malaysian and foreign corporations and commercial interests; including shipowners, commodity traders, port operators, Protection and Indemnity Clubs, insurers, financial institutions, Malaysia’s national asset management corporation, and secutiries commission. President of the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law (IMSML), Co-Chair of the Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council. Chair of the Maritime Committee of the Inter-Pacific bar Association (IPBA). Fellow of the CIArb and the MIArb. Member of the Panel of Arbitrators of KLRCA and SIAC. Regularly appointed as Arbitrator in international, regional and domestic references on commercial, international trade and shipping disputes.

Ong Chee Kwan

Chee Kwan was an ASEAN scholar and immediately after graduation from the National University of Singapore, he joined a leading law firm in Singapore. Chee Kwan has over 25 years of experience in corporate commercial disputes, construction contracts disputes, receiverships, insolvency practice and disputes relating to shares and securities, litigation on shipping matters involving marine insurance, international trade and charter-party disputes, bill of lading disputes, arrest of ships and cargo claims. Chee Kwan has also acted as an arbitrator as well as counsel for parties involved in arbitration proceedings (both domestic and international) and has been a speaker in numerous conference papers on shipping and arbitration.

Earlier Event: April 11
IMSML's first AGM
Later Event: July 27
Save The Date 27 July 2016
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