The Young PIArb Lounges with Gary Born
For arbitration to gain widespread acceptance, the judiciary must do its part in educating its own ranks on this form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This was the appeal of Mr. Gary Born, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration President, during the recent Young Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (Young PIArb) Lounge event sponsored by DivinaLaw and spearheaded by its Senior Associate, Atty. Camille Khristine I. Aromas.
“The government has to play an active role – to educate the judges, to bring the international and local practitioners together,” Mr. Born said.
His statement was prompted by comments of Young PIArb members that while the Special Rules of Court on Alternative Dispute Resolution seeks to promote arbitration as a mode of ADR, practitioners often have a difficult time implementing this. “We would go to court to enforce an arbitral award, and there are times that the judge would ask for a copy of the Special ADR Rules. It can be quite frustrating,” Atty. Aromas said.
Mr. Born, the event’s guest speaker, is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and one of the world’s leading arbitration practitioners. He is also a Partner and Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in London. He has been ranked for the past 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners and the leading arbitration practitioner in London. He has participated in more than 650 international arbitrations, including several of the largest ICC arbitrations and most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. He has also served as arbitrator in more than 200institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.
The YP Lounge is a monthly brunch event of the Young PIArb aimed at discussing best practice and hot topics on arbitration. The Young PIArb was launched in July this year comprising of young arbitration practitioners 40 years old and below,and is aimed at providing its members with a forum where they can exchange information and access skills training, networking opportunities, and other opportunities in the field of domestic and international arbitration.
During the recent event held at the Tower Club in Makati City, the group discussed various issues / topics on arbitration, including the pros and cons of creating an investment court system to replace the current investor to state dispute settlement mechanism in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and future investment deals, the impact of Brexit on arbitration, the fundamental qualities of an arbitrator vis a vis those of a counsel in arbitration, the challenges facing international arbitration in the Philippines, and the typical path of a young lawyer seeking to pursue a long term career in international arbitration. Mr. Born also shared stories of interesting arbitration practices and challenging cases overcome by out of the box thinking.
The YP Lounge with Mr. Born was truly a milestone event not just for the Young PIArb, but for the entire arbitration community in the Philippines. He provided valuable insights to the young arbitration practitioners who attended the event, culled from decades of experience in international arbitration. It was a surreal and inspiring experience for most of the attendees to be able to personally interact with Mr. Born – someone that they have only previously read about in arbitration news and articles, and whose leading international commercial arbitration treatise they have often used as a reference in scholarly works and arbitration cases. The group concluded the session with a renewed energy to pursue arbitration, and to be instrumental figures in shaping the rapidly growing arbitration landscape in the Philippines.
The event was made possible with the assistance of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
Below are some of the photos from the YP Lounge with Mr. Born.