About the Organisers


Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia

The Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA) facilitates research in all areas of commercial law especially in the Asian context. CEBCLA aims to be the leading Asian centre of research in commercial law which is informed by a variety of research methods including doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, historical and comparative perspectives. The goal is that CEBCLA will act as the meeting point and first port of call for scholars, leading practitioners, governments and policy makers pursuing rigorous, informed and significant research in commercial law in Asia.


Singapore Management University

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world class research and distinguished teaching.  Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.  It is known for its interactive and technologically-enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes.

Home to about 8,800 students, SMU comprises six schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information Systems, School of Law and School of Social Sciences, offering a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degree programmes in various disciplines.
With an emphasis on generating rigorous, high impact cross-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, SMU faculty collaborates with leading foreign researchers as well as partners in the business community and public sector through its research institutes and centres. 


Herbert Smith Freehills

In March 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills was described by Chambers Global as a 'Dispute resolution powerhouse that consistently tops the rankings across the world'.  We were recognised as a global specialist that is 'internationally renowned for its market-leading practice … Their extensive network and excellent, user-friendly disputes lawyers in each of their offices are attributes that few other firms are able to match.  Extensive praise is levelled at the firm for the consistency of its advice across all of its offices'.

Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for International Arbitration in Asia-Pacific, and winner of the Asia Legal Business award for Southeast Asia International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year consecutively in 2016 and 2017, we are widely recognised as the pre-eminent dispute resolution practice in Southeast Asia.    With a specialist team of more than 30 disputes lawyers operating throughout the region from bases in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, we are widely recognised as the pre-eminent disputes specialist in this region.

Our lawyers represent global and regional investors, international and local corporations, and governments and state-owned entities in major domestic and cross-border disputes, as well as conducting arbitrations in all major industry sectors including energy, construction, manufacturing, finance, international trade, telecoms and investment disputes. Our team of arbitration specialists acts as counsel and advocates before tribunals across the region and under all main rules including ICC, SIAC, AAA/ICDR, BANI, TAI, KLRCA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID. Members of the team serve as arbitrators in regional and international cases.


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