Enforcing arbitral awards in Singapore

Jonathan Wu is currently an intern at WAGNER Arbitration. He is an LL.M. candidate in International Dispute Resolution at Humboldt University of Berlin, after having previously obtained his B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford. He grew up in Singapore and has worked as a trainee in the tax practice of a global consultancy firm in the UK prior to coming to Germany.

I am very grateful for the editorial support and feedback provided by Petrit Elshani who gave his time and expertise to review drafts throughout the writing process. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content, I take sole responsibility for the accuracy of the content.


Singapore is a city state with approximately 720 km² of land area (about half as big as Metropolitan London and roughly 80 percent of Berlin’s size). Yet the tiny country is rising rapidly, making its presence felt among established arbitration centers globally such as Paris, London and Stockholm. In 2000, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (hereinafter “SIAC”) registered 58 cases. By 2016, the number of new cases handled had risen to 343 (representing an average of 11.7 percent annual compound growth).

Furthermore, with the establishment of the Singapore International Commercial Court (hereinafter “SICC”) in 2015 and the enforcement of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (also known as the “Singapore Convention”) in September 2020, the country is positioned to be the next all-purpose and multi-layered legal services hub for users in Asia and the world.

The following questionnaire provides an essential overview concerning the enforcement of arbitral awards in Singapore.

Legal framework

Jurisdiction & procedure before court

Formal and practical requirements

Substantial requirements

Effects, remedies & procedural requests


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About Wagner Arbitration

The law firm WAGNER Arbitration has its offices in Berlin and specializes in dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration. In addition, the firm offers comprehensive counseling services related to domestic and international business disputes and transactions.


The answers provided in this questionnaire purport to state the law as of 24 June 2020. Please note that the relevant legal provisions may be subject to amendments.

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