Overview of the 2016 SIAC Rules

August 23, 2016

The sixth edition of the arbitration rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) entered into force on 1 August 2016. To mark the occasion we provide this overview of the key features of the new rules.

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  • The 2016 SIAC Rules will applytodisputes 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.

Read "Overview of the 2016 SIAC Rules."