About the CIArb

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

Founded in 1915, CIArb was granted a Royal Charter in 1979. CIArb promotes the use of ADR internationally through 15,000 professionally qualified members in over 133 countries, including Singapore.

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The CIArb’s objectives include the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution to maximise the contribution that dispute resolution practitioners make and to give users of ADR confidence in that process.

CIArb seeks to ensure the highest standards of knowledge and practice in alternative dispute resolution through its professional education and training programmes, internationally recognised qualifications, professional guidelines and codes of conduct, together with its wide range of information and other support facilities for its members.

The Institute seeks to support not just arbitrators, mediators and other professional dispute resolvers, but the wide range of people involved in the field, including, professional advisers, lawyers, expert witnesses, as well, of course, as parties involved in disputes. We work with other institutions and associations and are able to offer special rates for certain of our courses.


Singapore branch

Whilst originally formed as a Chapter of the East Asia Branch, in May 2009, the CIArb Board of Trustees approved the designation of CIArb Singapore as a Branch in its own right. This reflected the standing of the many CIArb members in Singapore who contribute to the continued growth of the arbitration and dispute resolution industry.

The Singapore Branch, subsequently formed in 2010, currently has over 400 members, including many leading lights of the regional ADR scene.

As of June 2017, CIArb has reached 15,000 members globally and the 15,000th member is Ms. Annie Lee Ling Lai from the Singapore branch!

Membership Statistics

CIArb Singapore 2017 Membership Statistics 2


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Singapore is now recognised as a leading international arbitration hub. Growth in arbitration and ADR generally has been rapid and is gaining increasing interest across all sectors of industry.

The Singapore Branch provides education and training for arbitrators, mediators, adjudicators, lawyers, experts and allied professionals in arbitration and ADR. Our courses offer a progressive educational ‘ladder’ suitable for newcomers and skilled practitioners.

Our educational courses qualify participants for membership of CIArb as an Associate (ACIArb), Member (MCIArb) or Fellow (FCIArb). These internationally-recognised qualifications provide a powerful mark of quality assurance.

In addition we hold talks and workshops that enable people to keep abreast of changes in the legal environment, develop their knowledge and skills, network with industry peers and exchange ideas.
The Singapore Branch is just one of a growing network of CIArb branches across the world, offering members the opportunity to communicate and network globally with likeminded professionals.


Chairman’s message

photo-csDear Members, I am honoured and privileged to assume the Chairmanship of the Branch. I pledge to continue the good work of my predecessors. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the outgoing Chairman, Francis Xavier SC, for his excellent leadership during his term in office. In particular, Francis has played an extremely active role in CIArb Singapore’s successful regional outreach.

CIArb’s pivotal focus is on training and the Board has been committed to ensuring that it has a comprehensive training programme in place throughout the year so that successful candidates from one Module are able to then move on to the next Module without delay. The first half of 2017 will see five training courses and one seminar concluded. Two courses are currently ongoing and six courses are scheduled to be conducted for the second half of 2017.

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CIArb Singapore has expanded its teaching faculty and we are encouraged by the number of new trainers who have kindly volunteered their time to teach on the various courses. The Board continues to welcome our experienced practitioners to join our faculty list.

The increased training has enabled membership for the Branch to increase and we have crossed the 400 mark for our membership strength.

The Board is grateful to the following Co-chairs of the various sub-committees and their members on their contributions:

1. Professional Development: Richard Tan / Chou Sean Yu
2. Membership: Amanda Lees / Paul Tan
3. Events & Social: Timothy Cooke / Ng Kim Beng
4. Publications & Website: Jonathan Choo / Shaun Lee
5. Young Members: Richard Hayler / Sapna Jhangiani
6. External Relations: Jonathan Choo / Richard Hayler

Several events are scheduled in the coming months ahead, which include the fifth edition of the ALA(S)-CIArb-SCCA Friendly Triangular Golf Game and the second edition of the SIAC-CIArb Debate. In addition, the Branch is pleased to present the next instalments in its series of Supper Club Events organised by the CIArb Singapore Young Members Group. The Board is also looking to organising a members night in the last quarter of 2017.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Board if you have any initiative or suggestion in enhancing the activities and profile of CIArb Singapore.

Chou Sean Yu
Chairman, Singapore Branch
May 2017

Immediate Past Chairman's message dated October 2015

Click here to view the Immediate Past Chairman’s message dated October 2015.


Get involved

We are always looking for new committee members with a passion for alternative dispute resolution. If you believe you have something to offer then contact us!




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