The second conference of the joint NUS/USPC project was being held at Sciences Po Law School

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Paris remains to this day a historic and leading arbitration venue thanks to its revised arbitration legislation and a confluence of favorable factors: a pro-business environment and the pivotal role of the judiciary aiming to offer maximum support with minimum intervention.

On 25 April, the second conference of the joint NUS/USPC project on ''the support of State institutions for arbitration in France and Singapore'' was being held at Sciences Po Law School as part of the 2017 Paris Arbitration Week. After some welcoming remarks by Professor Gary F. Bell and Professor Diego P . Fernández Arroyo, Professor Lucy Reed presented the important support which has been recently offered by the Singapore government to promote arbitration within its jurisdiction. She mentioned the several amendments of the legislation which aimed to further liberalise the arbitration sector. The pro-arbitration environment offered by Singapore is further evidenced by the creation of Maxwell Chambers, i.e. a top facility for arbitral hearings but also hosting offices of key arbitral players such as the ICC, the PCA but foremost the Singapore International Arbitration Center.

Professor Olivera Boskovic moderated the first roundtable with Professors Jean Ho, Pierre Mayer , Christophe Seraglini and Andrea Carlivaris. They questioned the extent to which favor arbitrandum in State courts should ultimately be stimulated, especially considering the enforcement of arbitration agreements, court-support during the arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of arbitral awards. While some panelists expressed concerns about the possible negative effects of allowing only a minimal control of arbitral awards at the enforcement stage, others stressed the valuable impact of this approach on the reputation of France as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction. The first round table was concluded with a heated discussion on the opportunity and possibility to establish arbitration as the default mode of international commercial dispute resolution. The second round table moderated by Carine Dupeyron, with Professor Gary F. Bell, Alexis Mourre, Laurence Kiffer and Noël Mélin, questioned how the State policy in favour of arbitration is ultimately implemented in France and Singapore. The discussion notably focused on an evident distinction between these two legal systems: i.e. the adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law in Singapore and the comparatively unique approach of French Arbitration Law with its material rules. Professor Diego P. Fernández Arroyo offered some words to conclude the conference, highlighting the necessity to appreciate on the one hand the existence of State support in its diversified forms, but also the need to consider the positive consequences of liberal arbitration policies in the long run.

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