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137 Cecil Street, Hengda Building, Level 3 (Tokyo 2), Singapore 069537 (map)

Public CPD Points: 1.5

Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Training Level: General



It is fairly common for parties in international arbitrations to challenge the jurisdiction of the tribunal. However, such a party should be mindful of the time limits for raising such challenges, or else it may unwittingly lose its right to challenge jurisdiction. In the recent decision of Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd v Avant Garde Maritime Services (Private) Limited [2018] SGHC 78 (“Rakna Arakshaka”), where the High Court held that a party’s failure to raise its jurisdictional objection with the High Court within 30 days of receiving the tribunal’s ruling of its jurisdiction as a preliminary question, precluded it from seeking the active remedy of raising its jurisdictional objection in setting aside proceedings. While the decision is being appealed to the Court of Appeal, it nevertheless presents an interesting development in Singapore's arbitration jurisprudence and serves to caution parties in arbitration to adhere to the 30-day period in section 10 of the IAA, if applicable. In this seminar, we are privileged to have Chan Leng Sun, SC and Prof. Lawrence Boo discuss and share their views on this latest development in Singapore’s arbitration jurisprudence, and explore the positions taken by other Model Law jurisdictions.


Chan Leng Sun, SC – Counsel and Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers Duxton, Singapore

Professor Lawrence Boo – Head, The Arbitration Chambers

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