Previous IA Lectures

2021: Parallel proceedings in international arbitration: theoretical analysis and search for practical solutions
2020: A Response to DFAT’s Review of Australia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties 2019: Arbitration in Australia – Rising to the Challenge 2018: "The Need for Speed – Is International Arbitration Becoming Overly Fixated with Efficiency?” 2017: How worldly is it?” by The Hon Sir Bernard Eder2016: “International Arbitration and Independence – Off the Beaten Track” by Elliott Geisinger2015: “Dynamics, discretion and diversity - A recipe for unpredictability in international arbitration?” by Hilary Heilbron QC2014: “Commercial Courts and International Arbitration– Competitors or Partners?” by Michael Hwang SC2013: The authority of the arbitrator - its sources, limits and importance2012: The Impact of International Arbitration on the Rule of Law2011: Islamic influences on international arbitration2010: 仲裁 - Speaking your language? What is the language of resolution in the Asia-Pacific region?2009: The Day Before Tomorrow: Future Developments in International Arbitration2008: Inside Out: A User's View of International Arbitration2007: When Arbitrators Facilitate Settlement: Amiable Imposition or Actual Solution?2006: Enterprise v State: The New David and Goliath?2005: Litigate, Arbitrate, Mediate, Frustrate? Breaking the Dispute Deadlock2004: Apes, Neanderthals and Missing Links: Evolution in International Business Arbitration2003: East meets West: Tradition, Globalisation and the Future of Arbitration2002: Arbitration, Imagination and the Culture of Compromise: The Inaugural Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture

2017: “How worldly is it?”
by The Hon Sir Bernard Eder

About the lecture

The last 20 years has seen huge growth in cross-border trade, infrastructure projects and large-scale financial transactions towards the East. Parties to such transactions inevitably have to consider the mechanism for resolving any disputes which may arise.

In the past, many of such disputes have been referred to the Courts or arbitration in London. However, this tradition is now being challenged by other dispute resolution centres in Asia - noticeably Singapore and Hong Kong.

Will this challenge be maintained? Are these new centres meeting the requirements and expectations of the international community? What are the problems? And, more importantly, what are the solutions?

The 2017 lecture considers these “worldly” developments and specifically the prospects for international arbitration in the region.

The transcript of the 2017 IA Lecture speech can be found here.

The handout accompanying the 2017 IA Lecture can be found here.

About the speaker

International Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers, London
International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court

Bernard Eder is an international arbitrator/mediator based at Essex Court Chambers, London.

He previously practised as a barrister for almost 35 years – between 1976 and 2010 – specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. During his practice at the English Bar, he acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases (including in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council) and over 200 international arbitrations.

In 2011, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He resigned from the Bench in April 2015. During that time, he sat mainly in the Commercial Court in London where he presided over a number of high-profile trials.

In 2015, he was appointed an International Judge at the Singapore International Commercial Court. In 2016, he sat as an Acting Judge in the Commercial Court in the BVI.

He is currently Chair of ARIAS(UK). 

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2017 full lecture

2017 lecture highlights