Professor Lawrence Boo

Professor Lawrence Boo

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  • Chambers & Partners’ Most in Demand Arbitrators – Singapore, Band 1
  • Chambers & Partners’ Most in Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region, Band 1
  • Chambers & Partners’ Most in Demand Arbitrators – Global, Band 2
  • Who’s Who Legal – Mediation
  • Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration

“Lawrence Boo … commands immediate recognition [as] one of ‘the top three arbitrators in Singapore’ and an obvious pick for the most significant cases.”

— Chambers & Partners (2016)

Based in Singapore, Professor Lawrence Boo heads The Arbitration Chambers since its inception in 1996. He is widely recognised as “a practitioner who truly understands the region”, and is “regularly seen presiding over some of the biggest disputes in Asia.” (Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific)

Formerly the Deputy Chairman (2004–2009), first Chief Executive Officer and Registrar (1991–1996) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Lawrence is one of Singapore’s founding voices of arbitration. He now serves on the SIAC Court of Arbitration and the ICC Court of Arbitration.

With more than 25 years of experience as an arbitrator, Lawrence has sat more than 300 cases, presiding or acting as sole arbitrator in over 200 cases. He has taken on cases administered by institutions inlcuding the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, ICSID, HKIAC, CIETAC, AAA, AIAC, AMTAC, SCMA, BANI, BAC, VIAC, LMAA, PCA, SCMA, as well as ad hoc matters.

Lawrence is also no stranger to mediation, having mediated in no less than 100 disputes, with mediations reaching settlement at a success rate of 75%.

Lawrence is on the panels of leading international arbitration and mediation bodies such as the AAA, AIAC, CIETAC, CMAC, BAC, KCAB, HKIAC, SIM and SMC. He is Singapore’s nominee to ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators, as well as the National Correspondent to UNCITRAL’s Case Law on UNCITRAL Text (CLOUT).

Professional Career

  • Head of Chambers, The Arbitration Chambers (1996–2004; 2009–current)    
  • Executive Deputy Chairman, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2004–2009)
  • CEO and Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (1991–1996)
  • Legal practice as Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (1981–1991)     


  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University, Australia
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Professional Offices & Memberships

  • Member, SIAC Court of Arbitration (2017)
  • Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration (2018) 
  • Fellow, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (FACICA) (2004)
  • Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2000)
  • Fellow, Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (FAMINZ) (1998)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) (1994)
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) (1994)
  • Member, Shanghai Arbitration Commission (2013)
  • Singapore’s nominee, ICSID Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, ICSID Panel of Concillators (2011–2017)
  • Member, CEDR Commission on Settlement in International Arbitration (2007–)
  • Member, BAC Panel of Arbitrators (2006–)
  • Member, ICC Arbitration Commission (2004–2006)
  • Member, CMAC Panel of International Arbitrators (1997–)
  • Member, KCAB Panel of Arbitrators (1996–)
  • Member, CIETAC Panel of Arbitrators (1994–)
  • Member, AAA Panel of International Arbitrators (1992–)
  • Member, SIAC Panel of Arbitrators (1992–)
  • Member, AIAC (formerly KLRCA) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators

  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute (2009–)
  • Member, Advisory Board of the Singapore Mediation Centre (1998–2004)
  • Member, Panel of Mediators, Singapore Mediation Centre (1998–)
  • Member, Panel of Community Mediators, Ministry of Law (1998–2012)
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Electricity Market Company (2003–)

  • State Representative to UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (2004–2009)
  • Law Reform Consultant, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Singapore (2001–)
  • Special Consultant to Attorney-General’s Chambers on Review of Arbitration Laws (1996–2000)
  • Member, Inter-Ministry Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (1996–1997)
    (Recommended setting up of community mediation centres leading to enactment of the 1997 Community Mediation Centres Act)
  • Vice-Chairman, Sub-Committee on Arbitration Law, Law Reform Committee (1993–1994)
    (Recommended Adoption of UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, leading to the enactment of the 1994 International Arbitration Act)

Educational Background

  • LL.M, National University of Singapore (1988)
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Singapore (1980)

Representative publications only

  • Author, Halsbury's Laws of Singapore Volume 1(2) – Arbitration (LexisNexis, 1998 and Re-issues 2003, 2011, 2017 and 2020)
  • Co-author, UNCITRAL 2012 Digest of Case Law on the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Vienna: UNCITRAL, 2012)
  • Author, ‘Arbitration’ in Annual Review of Singapore Cases (Singapore Academy of Law, Annual issues from 2001 to 2020)
  • Co-author, Chapter on Singapore in ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 1996, 2002, 2011 and 2015 Supplements)
  • Author, Chapter on Singapore in ADR in Asian and Pacific Countries, Now and in the Future (Japan: Ministry of Justice, 2003)
  • Author, ‘Modifications, Changes and additions Made by States Adopting the UNCITRAL Model Law on international Commercial Arbitration’ in Celebrating Success: 20 Years UNCITRAL Model Law on international Commercial Arbitration (SIAC, 2006)
  • Author, “Cost of Arbitration” (2007) Chinese Yearbook of Private International and Comparative Law (Peking University Press) pg 12-138 
  • Author, “Ruling on Arbitral Jurisdiction – Is that an Award?” (2007) AIAJ Vol 3 No 2 pg125-142 
  • Author, “The Writing Requirement in Contemporary Practice: Is there really a need for change?” 2008 DRI, Vol 2, May 2008, pg 75-83
  • Author, ‘Internationalisation of decision-making – Arbitration’ in The Internationalisation of Law: Legislating, Decision-making, Practice and Education (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010)
  • Author, The Fordham papers 2012 – Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration – chapter on “Prescription and Relief – Is it a matter of choice?” - Martin Nijhoff Publications
  • Co-author, “Of Moving Frontiers And Notes Verbales – Ascertaining The Intentions of State Parties in BITs” – (2018) AIAJ Vol 14 No 1 pg 15-36 (Kluwers)

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