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Singapore has two main pieces of legislation governing arbitration :

The International Arbitration Act

This Act applies when the arbitration to be held in Singapore is considered an 'international arbitration' or when the parties have agreed in writing that the Act applies.

An arbitration is an 'international arbitration' where at the time the arbitration agreement is made, one of the parties:
  1. Has its place of business in any State other than Singapore; or
  2. One of the following places is situated outside the State in which the parties have their places of business:
    1. The place of arbitration stated in the arbitration agreement;
    2. Any place where a substantial part of the obligations of the commercial relationship is to be performed or the place with which the subject-matter of the dispute is most closely connected; or
  3. The parties have expressly agreed that the subject-matter of the arbitration agreement relates to more than one country.
The Act is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and gives effect to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards 1958.

To access this Act, please click here.

The Arbitration Act

This governs all arbitrations held in Singapore that are not covered by the International Arbitration Act (see above).

To access this Act, please click here.

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