Overview of the 2016 SIAC Rules

August 01, 2016

The sixth edition of the arbitration rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) comes into force today. To mark the occasion we provide this client briefing on the key features of the new rules.

Speed read

  • The 2016 SIAC Rules will apply to disputes referred to SIAC from 1 August 2016, unless the parties agree otherwise.
  • SIAC has retained the structure and much of the content of the 2013 SIAC Rules, while fine-tuning some important provisions and introducing some new innovations.
  • Specifically, SIAC has introduced a new procedure for the early dismissal of claims and defences, becoming the first international commercial arbitral institution to do so.
  • SIAC has also introduced new provisions on multi-party and multi-contract disputes to keep pace with similar procedures already offered by competitor institutions.
  • The rules on joinder have been developed to allow a non-party to apply to join an existing SIAC arbitration.
  • The rules on emergency arbitrators and expedited proceedings, first introduced by SIAC in 2010, have also been developed to facilitate greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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