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    05:09 PM Matthew Koh (Associate, International Arbitration, Construction & Projects, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP), & Alexis Ang (Research Associate, Asian Business & Rule of Law Initiative, Singapore Management University School of Law)

    Event Report: Lecture by Professor Sean Murphy on “International Law Relating to Islands”

    On 13 December 2016, Professor Sean Murphy of the George Washington University Law School and member of the United Nations International Law Commission delivered a lecture titled “International Law Relating to Islands”. The event was co-organised by the Singapore Branch of the International Law Association and Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP....

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    05:02 PM Siraj Shaik Aziz (Research Associate, Asian Business & Rule of Law Initiative, Singapore Management University)

    Event Note: Herbert Smith Freehills - SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture 2016

    On 24 November 2016, the Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon (“Menon CJ“) delivered the annual Herbert Smith Freehills - SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture, jointly organised by Herbert Smith Freehills and the Centre for Cross-border Commercial Law in Asia at the Singapore Management University. The lecture was provocatively titled “Adjudicator, Advocate, Or Something In Between?: Coming To Terms ...

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    10:11 PM Zeslene Mao (Justices’ Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Singapore)

    Heralding Protocols for Court-to-Court Communication and Cooperation in Cross-Border Insolvency Matters in Singapore

    In today's global economy, the failure of businesses having interests in multiple jurisdictions is becoming increasingly prevalent. These cases give rise to difficult issues pertaining to the interplay and relationship between courts involved in any one case. In particular, the involvement of multiple courts in a cross-border insolvency matter can lead to inconsistent decisions and uncertain outco...

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    04:45 PM Kevin Elbert (Associate, OC Queen Street LLC)

    Not So Different After All: Sanum Investments Ltd v Government of the Lao People’s Democractic Republic [2016] SGCA 57

    Sanum Investments Ltd v Government of the Lao People’s Democractic Republic [2016] SGCA 57 (“Sanum CA”) is the first dispute brought pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty (“BIT”) to have ever reached the Singapore court. The Court of Appeal decision elucidates that, generally, the review of jurisdictional awards under investor-state dispute settlement (“ISDS”) is not significantly distinct fro...

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    05:20 PM Colin Liew (Associate Director, TSMP Law Corporation)

    To Infinity and Beyond: Where to Next for the Court’s Inherent Powers?

    Two recent decisions of the High Court have explored the courts’ inherent powers to make any order as may be necessary to prevent injustice. This article evaluates Re Taisoo Suk (as foreign representative of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd) [2016] SGHC 195 and BBW v BBX and others [2016] SGHC 190, and suggests that they evince an increasing willingness by the courts to use their inherent powers, which may ...