Singapore is the most popular seat for international arbitration in Asia, and the fourth most popular seat in the world. Over 2,500 cases have been referred to the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) in the 26 years since it first opened its doors, making it reportedly the fifth most popular institution for international arbitrations globally. This chapter first discusses the factors that explain Singapore's popularity as a place for international arbitration. These include government and legislative support, judicial support, reputation for neutrality, stable and predictable laws, and cultural and legal links to its Asian neighbours. It then details the rise of the SIAC and the structure and content of the present volume.
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