– Arbitration - a process where parties are free to appoint their own arbitrators to resolve their disputes - is fast becoming the choice legal solution for many businesses today. Arbitration, in particular international arbitration is a business in its own right and Singapore is poised to be the arbitration venue of choice in Asia. It is currently the sixth most frequently selected city in the world for ICC (“International Chamber of Commerce”) administered arbitrations.
One of the principal features that make arbitration the preferred choice over court litigation is that it is conducted in private, away from the glare of the media and the public.
But the privacy and confidentiality of the arbitration process and even the arbitration agreement is a matter that even the courts, legal practitioners and users of arbitration cannot agree on.
, the first title in the Monograph Series published by Academy Publishing, aims to explore indepth the concept of confidentiality in arbitration proceedings and its exceptions.
Written by lawyers Senior Counsel Quentin Loh and Edwin Lee who have extensive experience in arbitration work, the book examines the case law and how confidentiality in arbitration are treated in England and compares that with the positions in Australia, New Zealand, US, Sweden, France, Germany and Singapore.
In his foreword to the book, Lord MJ Mustill, Former Lord of Appeal in the Ordinary, Privy Councillor wrote that a methodical exploration of this whole field is long overdue. The book will be a useful practical reference
for arbitrators, the legal profession and most importantly, the users of arbitration.
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