REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
GOVERNMENT GAZETTE
ACTS SUPPLEMENT
Published by Authority

NO. 34]Friday, November 13 [2020

The following Act was passed by Parliament on 5 October 2020 and assented to by the President on 5 November 2020:—
International Arbitration
(Amendment) Act 2020

(No. 32 of 2020)


I assent.

HALIMAH YACOB,
President.
5 November 2020.
An Act to amend the International Arbitration Act (Chapter 143A of the 2002 Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act is the International Arbitration (Amendment) Act 2020 and comes into operation on a date that the Minister appoints by notification in the Gazette.
Amendment of section 9A
2.  Section 9A of the International Arbitration Act (called in this Act the principal Act) is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after the words “an arbitration with” in subsection (1), the words “2 parties and”;
(b)by deleting the words “days of” in subsection (2) and substituting the words “days after”; and
(c)by inserting, immediately after the word “arbitrators” in the section heading, the words “in arbitration with 2 parties”.
New section 9B
3.  The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 9A, the following section:
Default appointment of arbitrators in arbitration with 3 or more parties
9B.—(1)  Notwithstanding Article 11(3) of the Model Law, in an arbitration with 3 or more parties and 3 arbitrators —
(a)the claimant, or all the claimants by agreement if there is more than one claimant, must appoint an arbitrator on or before the date of sending of the request for the dispute to be referred to arbitration and inform the respondent or respondents of the appointment on the date when the request for the dispute to be referred to arbitration is sent to the respondent or respondents;
(b)the respondent, or all the respondents by agreement if there is more than one respondent, must appoint an arbitrator and inform the claimant or claimants of the appointment within 30 days after the date of receipt of the request for the dispute to be referred to arbitration by the respondent, or by the last respondent to receive the request if there is more than one respondent; and
(c)the 2 arbitrators appointed under paragraphs (a) and (b) must by agreement appoint the third arbitrator, who is to be the presiding arbitrator, within 60 days after the date of receipt of the request for the dispute to be referred to arbitration by the respondent, or by the last respondent to receive the request if there is more than one respondent.
(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), the appointing authority must, upon the request of any party, appoint all 3 arbitrators and designate any one of the arbitrators as the presiding arbitrator if —
(a)the claimant or claimants fail to appoint an arbitrator, or fail to inform the respondent or respondents of such appointment, by the date specified in subsection (1)(a); or
(b)the respondent or respondents fail to appoint an arbitrator, or fail to inform the claimant or claimants of such appointment, within the time specified in subsection (1)(b).
(3)  In making the appointments under subsection (2), the appointing authority may, having regard to all relevant circumstances, re‑appoint or revoke the appointment of an arbitrator appointed under subsection (1)(a) or (b).
(4)  Notwithstanding subsection (1)(c), the appointing authority must, upon the request of any party and having regard to all relevant circumstances, appoint the third arbitrator if the 2 arbitrators appointed by the parties fail to agree on the appointment of the third arbitrator within the time specified in subsection (1)(c).”.
Amendment of section 12
4.  Section 12(1) of the principal Act is amended —
(a)by deleting the word “and” at the end of paragraph (h); and
(b)by deleting the full‑stop at the end of paragraph (i) and substituting the word “; and”, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following paragraph:
(j)enforcing any obligation of confidentiality —
(i)that the parties to an arbitration agreement have agreed to in writing, whether in the arbitration agreement or in any other document;
(ii)under any written law or rule of law; or
(iii)under the rules of arbitration (including the rules of arbitration of an institution or organisation) agreed to or adopted by the parties.”.
Amendment of section 12A
5.  Section 12A(2) of the principal Act is amended by deleting the words “to (i)” and substituting the words “to (j)”.
Amendment of section 27
6.  Section 27(1) of the principal Act is amended by deleting the words “to (i)” in the definition of “arbitral award” and substituting the words “to (j)”.
Saving and transitional provisions
7.—(1)  Section 2 applies to arbitral proceedings commenced on or after the date of commencement of that section.
(2)  Section 3 applies to arbitral proceedings commenced on or after the date of commencement of that section.
(3)  Despite subsection (1), the parties may agree in writing that section 2 applies to arbitral proceedings commenced before the date of commencement of that section if none of the arbitrators for those arbitral proceedings have been appointed by that date.
(4)  For the purposes of this section, arbitral proceedings are to be taken as having commenced on —
(a)the date of receipt of the request for the dispute to be referred to arbitration by the respondent, or by the last respondent to receive the request if there is more than one respondent; or
(b)where the parties have agreed in writing that any other date is to be taken as the date of commencement of the arbitral proceedings, then on that date.