The Singapore Court of Appeal’s decision in the Astro-Lippo Dispute

Case note | December 2013 | Available for purchase & free for members


In PT First Media (formerly known as PT Broadband Multimedia TBK) v Astro Nusantara International BV and others and another appeal [2013] SGCA 57 (Lippo v Astro), the Singapore Court of Appeal allowed Lippo’s appeal against the decision of the High Court and refused enforcement of certain arbitral awards rendered in favour of Astro. The decision has important ramifications for international commercial arbitration. In particular, the Court’s findings in relation to an award debtor’s choice of remedies and the joinder of third parties to an arbitration represent an important contribution to the law in this area.

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We thank the author of this case note Tamlyn Mills and the journal editor Russell Thirgood for their contribution to this journal.

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