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International law expert Gary Born delivers inaugural Kwa Geok Choo distinguished visitor lecture

25 January 2012

Mr Menon (left) with Mr Born during the inaugural lecture on a new generation of international adjudication

The design of future international tribunals should combine the prescriptions of both independent and dependent tribunals. So said Mr Gary Born who delivered a lecture in his capacity as the inaugural Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor on 19 January.

During the question and answer session chaired by Attorney-General Mr Sundaresh Menon, Mr Born fielded questions from the audience which touched on areas such as the accountability, transparency and diversity in international tribunals. He also talked about the risks of expanding the authority granted to such tribunals.

Widely regarded as the world's pre-eminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, Mr Born is currently Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at global law firm Wilmerhale. Over the past decade, he has been ranked one of the world's top international arbitration practitioners and the leading arbitration practitioner in London. At NUS, he is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law.

The Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitors Programme is one of four key initiatives by NUS to honour the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, wife of former Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Under the programme, prominent law academics will be invited to Singapore annually to teach a course at NUS and/or deliver public lectures on highly topical legal issues.

NUS has also set up bursaries, graduate scholarships and a professorship in property law as a tribute to Madam Kwa.