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Regulation & Investment Disputes: Asian Perspectives 

The inherent tension in investor-state dispute resolution between the state’s right to regulate in the public interest on the one hand, and the aim international investment agreements (‘IIAs’) of providing investment protection on the other, has recently been the subject of much scrutiny. For example, the language of the newer investment treaties involving Asian states, deserve close analysis. IIAs such as the EU-Singapore FTA, the EU-Vietnam FTA and the TPP carve out states’ regulatory measures from their investment protection mechanisms to allow states a safer regulatory space.

This seminar will thus examine the “pivot to Asia” in investor state dispute settlement (‘ISDS’) and new generation IIAs that Asian States have entered into. It will examine regulatory flexibility enshrined in new IIAs, and how this has, and might, impact) the investment regime’s reform. In particular, IIAs in North-East Asia, Australia, India, and specific provisions of the TPP will be scrutinized.

The seminar is expected to be of interest to a broad sector pf policy-makers, practitioners, arbitrators and academics, as there is a growing interest and appetite for investor-State arbitration which sits at the cross-section of commercial law, private international law and public international law. 

Date Thursday, 4 August 2016
Time 5:30pm to 7.15pm (Registration commences at 5.00pm)
Venue Please note the venue is now at: 
School of Law Building
Level 2, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium

School of Law
60 Stamford Road
Singapore 178900

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Admission is free.

Please click here to register by 1 August 2016

5.00pm Registration
5.30pm Introduction of Distinguished Guest & Keynote Speaker
5.35pm Keynote Speech
6.05pm Panel Discussion
7.05pm Q & A Session

End of Session


Public CPD Points
Practice Area
Training Level
1.5 points
Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines.This includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.


The above seminar is an Accredited CPD Activity under the SILE’s CPD Scheme. For lawyers who wish to claim for the 1.5 Public CPD point, please note the following:

1.       Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded to comply strictly with the Attendance Policy as set out in the SILE’s CPD Guidelines. This includes signing-in on arrival and signing-out at the conclusion of the event, and not being absent from the entire lecture for more than 15 minutes. Please refer to  for more information.  

2.       We have been advised by SILE that in order to claim for the CPD points, participants must:
a.       Write legibly;
b.       Ensure sign-in and sign-out signatures/initials match;
c.        Counter sign against any alterations made on the attendance sheet.

3.       An Evaluation Form will be sent via email to all participants after the conclusion of the event




Surya Subedi

University of Leeds


Professor Chester Brown
Professor of International Law
University of Sydney
Professor Lee Jaemin
Professor of International Law & Trade Law
Hanyang University (Seoul)
Professor Julien Chaisse
Professor,Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Sam Luttrell 
Counsel, International Arbitration ‎Group, Clifford Chance, Perth


Distinguished Guest & Moderator

Daphne Hong
Director-General, International Affairs Division
Attorney-General's Chamber


Assistant Professor Mahdev Mohan
Singapore Management University

About the Organizer

Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA), SMU

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.

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