Brunei leading lawyer moderates Thai regional conference

Hakim Hayat

The three-day Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) Conference 2020 hosted by Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) took place in Bangkok recently, and leading Bruneian commercial lawyer Professor Dr Colin Ong, QC moderated a session and delivered the formal closing remarks.

Professor Dr Colin, QC is also vice president of the 32 institution member organisation. APRAG was established on November 2, 2004 by representatives of 17 arbitration bodies and prominent global lawyers.

 The 2020 APRAG Conference between January 15-17 included discussions over the importance of transparency and independence of arbitration institutions and its positive correlation and impact on attracting foreign investment.

It dealt with significant developments in the domain of arbitration, how to cater to rapid developments of technology and the importance of investing in and developing human capital to be able to deal with the administration and operation of arbitration.

Professor Dr Collin, QC moderated a session and delivered the formal closing remarks of the APRAG Conference 2020 in his capacity as the newly appointed Chairman of International Advisory Board of Thailand Arbitration Center.

The biennial conference rotated around the APRAG countries attracted about 300 people from 20 countries and regions.

The attendees included permanent secretaries, heads of government investment body, heads of arbitration body, arbitrators, Queen’s Counsels, government policymakers, judges, senior lawyers, mediators, in-house counsels, and representatives from the business world.

The conference sessions also identified new opportunities for legal convergence to produce a more predictable cross-border regime for arbitration that was suited to emerging trends of foreign direct investment across the APRAG member states.

Leading Bruneian commercial lawyer Professor Dr Colin Ong, QC during the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) Conference 2020