20 March 2017

Asia-Pacific DR practitioners to meet in Jakarta

Indonesia is set to welcome hundreds of domestic and foreign legal officials, practitioners, corporate counsels, corporations, arbitrators and mediators to join in vigorous discussions for the enhancement of arbitration and mediation practices in the whole Asia-Pacific region.

3rd Annual Symposium for Arbitrators and Mediators (3rd ASAM) will be held on April 26th, 2017, in Hotel Grand Sahid Jaya, Jakarta. It is supported by various prominent organizations, such as Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration (KLRCA), Indonesia National Board of Arbitration (BANI), National Mediation Center (PMN), Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC), Resolution Institute, Indonesian Capital Market Arbitration Board (BAPMI), Indonesian Commodities Arbitration Body (BAKTI), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Asia).

“Raising the theme of ‘Collaboration between National Courts and Dispute Resolution Professionals,’ 3rd ASAM has an objective to encourage and build a beneficial partnership between governments, judicial bodies, arbitrators/mediators, and all other parties involved, as each of them has a supremely significant role in the enhancement of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution practices,” said Esther Roseline, the Vice Head of 3rd ASAM Organizing Committee. Prof. Dr. H. Muhamad Hatta Ali, S.H., M.H., the Chief Justice of Indonesian Supreme Court, himself will be present in the symposium.

3rd ASAM will feature speakers from around the world tackling different issues: cost and time related benefits to resolving international commercial disputes through mediation and arbitration; the role mediators, arbitrators and legal counsel play in assisting parties throughout and beyond the mediation and arbitration process; the rising presence of mediation and arbitration in Indonesia, Singapore and surrounding countries as a means to resolve investment disputes between states and nationals of other states; the venues and institutions available in the Asia-Pacific region for hosting international commercial mediation and arbitration; regulatory and practical developments in alternate dispute resolution in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific Region; and
landmark and recent mediation and arbitration cases and how their outcomes may affect future practices.

“My key idea is in plurality … The world is physically a big place but in terms of international trade and businesses, it is becoming a close knitted and ‘small’ community. … one must not just focus on disputes, although disputes are unavoidable. Instead, I prefer to look at the ‘upstream’; how to better promote business and trade, so that they can impact positively on the growth of a country… If Indonesia prospers, other parts of ASEAN can also expect to benefit from it for we are all one big family…” Prof. Steve Ngo, one of 3rd ASAM 2017 speakers, explained.

3rd ASAM will build on the success of 2nd ASAM 2015. “ASAM is a golden opportunity to broaden understandings, acquire first-hand data from many experts, and enlarge networks with people of the same interest from many different countries,” admitted Bama Djokonugroho, an Indonesian lawyer, a participant in 2nd ASAM.


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