Morrison Foerster review the Singapore Ministry of Law’s 26 June 2019 consultation paper seeking comments on the following six proposed amendments to Singapore’s International Arbitration Act:
- Introduction of Default Nomination Procedure for Arbitrators in Multi-Party Arbitrations
- Requirement That Arbitrator(s) Decide on Jurisdiction at the Preliminary Stage if Requested by All Parties
- Recognizing Tribunal’s and High Court’s Power to Enforce Confidentiality Obligations
- Provision for Parties to Opt In to an Appellate Procedure on Questions of Law
- Exclusion/Limitation of Set Aside Grounds Under the Model Law and IAA
- Empowerment of the Court to Order Costs Following Set Aside
The authors note that the Ministry’s proposed amendments place a strong emphasis on party autonomy, furthering the ability of contracting parties to craft sophisticated and tailored procedures to meet their needs.