BOO Geok Seng, Lawrence

Adjunct Professor

LL.M., LL.B. (NUS), FCIArb, FSIArb, FAMINZ, Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore), Solicitor (England & Wales)

  • Head of Chambers, The Arbitration Chambers
  • Law Reform Consultant. Attorney-General's Chambers
  • District Judge (ad hoc) , Subordinate Courts
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Office Tel: (65) 6538-1277 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Room #02-21
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

International Commercial Arbitration
Settlement of Investment Disputes

Subjects Taught

International Commercial Arbitration

Brief Biodata

Lawrence Boo is a professional arbitrator and mediator and heads The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore. He is a Law Reform Consultant to the Attorney-General's Chambers and represented Singapore at the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration and Conciliation (2004-2009). He is also Singapore's National Correspondent to UNCITRAL's Case Law on UNCITRAL Text (CLOUT).

Boo has sat as arbitrator in more than 170 arbitrations and more than 70 mediations and has written numerous arbitral awards. He is on the panel of many international arbitral institutions including American Arbitration Association (AAA) New York, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Beijing Arbitration Commission, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

Boo leads the teaching of 'International Commercial Arbitration' at the NUS Faculty of Law since 1994.

His publication in the Halsbury's Law's Of Singapore Vol 2 (Arbitration) has been cited with approval by courts in Singapore and Malaysia.

Recent honours/citations/appointments include:

Appointed as amicus curiae by the Chief Justice to appear before the Court of Appeal in PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia (Persero) v Dexia Bank SA [2007] 1 SLR 597

Who's Who Legal Singapore 2008 - described as "a very well-known name", "internationally renowned figure" consistently recommended to our researchers" (at page 27)

Chambersí Asia 2008 and 2009
- ranked as one of Asia's most "in demand" "leading individuals" in arbitration "who always inspires confidence in arbitration" (at page 12 )

Representative Publications

1. Halsbury's Laws of Singapore Vol 2 - "Arbitration" (LexisNexis; 1998 and Re-Issue 2003)

2. ICCA Handbook on International Arbitration - chapter on "Singapore" (Kluwer, Netherlands 1996 and Update 2003; ISBN 90-6544-9671)

3. ADR in Asian and Pacific Countries , Now and in the Future, chapter on "Singapore" (International Cooperation Department, Research and training Institute, Ministry of Justice, Japan,2003)

4. Annual Review of Singapore Cases (2001 to 2005) - chapters on 'Arbitration' (2001) 2 SAL Ann Rev 24; (2002) 3 SAL Ann Rev 29; (2003) 4 SAL Ann Rev 45; (2004) 5 SAL Ann Rev 47; (2005) 6 SAL Ann Rev 49; (2008) and (2009).

5. "Modifications, Changes and additions Made by States Adopting the UNCITRAL Model Law on international Commercial Arbitration" (Jointly by UNCITRAL-SIAC, 2006; ISBN 981-05-5515-6))

6. "Ruling on Arbitral Jurisdiction - Is that an Award?" (2007) AIAJ Vol 3 No 2 pg125-142

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