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 16,000 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

Originally 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, currently has 483 members, including many leading lights of the regional ADR scene.

Membership Statistics
Membership Statistics

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Singapore is now recognised as a leading international arbitration hub.

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 alike.

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 attendees 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.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Singapore Branch is pleased to announce that the Honourable Justice Quentin Loh has accepted the Branch’s invitation to be its Patron.


Chair’s message

Sapna Jhangiani 2It is my privilege to write to you as Chair of the Singapore branch, following my election at the meeting of the Board of Directors following our AGM on 7 June.

I am grateful for the assistance of branch Vice Chair Tan Chuan Thye SC, and look forward to working closely with him and the rest of our fantastic Board of Directors to deliver on the current aims of CIArb to:

  • Promote the constructive resolution of disputes across the globe
  • Be a global inclusive thought leader
  • Develop and support an inclusive global community of diverse dispute resolvers.

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I also look forward to engaging with as many of our branch members as possible. Please add our branch on LinkedIn and let us know if you would like to get more involved in our branch and our many ongoing projects – we would be thrilled to hear from you!

I take this opportunity to thank my predecessors and, in particular, Immediate Past Chair Paul Sandosham who demonstrated the strength of his leadership in steering our Branch through the turbulence of the last couple of years. 

Events Past and Future

We’ve had some excellent events in the last three months or so. Our inaugural thought leadership lecture – which was the brainchild of Paul Sandosham – on the theme “One Minute to Midnight – Perspectives from the Little Red Dot” took place in person on 28 April 2022 at the Conrad Hotel, Singapore with our guest speaker Minister Indranee Rajah and a fantastic panel of speakers. The content was engaging and thought-provoking, and the event also provided a valuable opportunity for our members to catch up in person. You can read more here.

On 20 June, we hosted a virtual “Fireside Chat” with Jane Gunn, Global President of CIArb since January 2022, as well as Claudia Salomon, the President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. The theme of the discussion was how ADR stakeholders can use all the tools in the ADR practitioner’s toolbox for dispute resolution that is suitable to cater to different parties’ objectives, and the conversation did not disappoint! Amongst other things, we heard from our speakers on arbitration, mediation, Dispute Boards, as well as the increasing use of mock arbitrations and mediations – you can read more here.

We have a number of events already scheduled for the rest of the year, and I set out below those events for which we already have firm dates, so that you can mark your calendars and join us:  

2 September 2022, 12pm to 2pm
Arbitration and Mediation: Never the Twain shall Meet?”: This is an in-person event as part of Singapore Convention Week, which will also be streamed virtually, with a stellar line-up of speakers. You can register here

 15 September 2022, 5pm to 7.30pm
CIArb-SIAC debate (hybrid format) on the topic: “This House believes that parties should not be allowed to appoint their own experts and tribunal appointed experts are the way to go”

4 October 2022
In-person event in Singapore as part of CIArb’s Global Mediation Symposium which will be streamed live around the world

17 November 2022
Members’ Night – an opportunity to catch up with fellow members over drinks and food in relaxed surroundings

 We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in person at the above events!

 Training Past and Future

On the training front, we have:

Completed Courses

  1. Module 3
  2. Module 1

Upcoming Courses

  1. Accelerated Route to Membership (12 to 14 July 2022)
  2. Accelerated Route to Fellowship (15 to 19 August 2022)
  3. Introduction to International Arbitration (20 October 2022)
  4. Module 2 (3 November 2022 to 11 May 2023)

 Please do sign up, where appropriate, and encourage those in your network to do so!

As you will see, there is plenty to do and I’m excited to get to work, with the sure confidence that I will be able to rely upon the support and engagement of all our members.

Sapna Jhangiani QC, C.Arb, FCIArb
Chair, CIArb Singapore

June 2022


Chair's Messages

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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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