Kuala Lumpur, January 11 — With the launch of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) Academy, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Wira Hajah Mas Ermieyati binti Samsudin is confident that the AIAC is positioned to realise its aspiration in making Malaysia the preferred Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) destination in the region.
During the launch today at Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, the Deputy Minister Mas Ermieyati said “Through the AIAC Academy, the ADR community will have access to first-class innovative, dynamic, practical and comprehensive skills-based ADR programmes that will also equip them with the specific industry know-how and practical knowledge that would go a long way in assisting them in their role as counsels, arbitrators and adjudicators in these proceedings”.
“The Government recognizes the important role that the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) sector plays within the legal and judicial system in the development of the nation.
“Over the last 40 years, ADR mechanisms, such as arbitration and mediation have served as instruments to secure access to justice for disputing parties whilst at the same time improving the efficiency of the dispute resolution framework.
“These processes have functioned as alternatives, complementing the judicial system and allowing parties to “fit the forum to the fuss”, depending on the type and complexity of the dispute.
“Indeed, the provisions of arbitration, mediation and statutory adjudication within the dispute resolution framework here in Malaysia plays an important role in supporting the robust growth and expansion in the trade and economic sectors.
“At the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department, we too are very much aware of the immense benefit that ADR processes, in particular, mediation, offers, especially as we grasp with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.” she highlighted.
Among the programme offerings are such as the Arbitration-In-Practice Workshops, Adjudicators Continuous Competency Development Workshops, Mediation Training Workshops, and AIAC Certificate of Adjudication programme.
The AIAC Academy is in line with the AIAC’s capacity-building mandate and aspiration to ensure continuous and sustainable development in the field of ADR and beyond. Significantly, it sees the AIAC coming full circle with the AIAC Academy as an extension of the AIAC’s offering of ADR products and services.
Director of the AIAC, Tan Sri Datuk Suriyadi bin Halim Omar in his speech remarked that the AIAC hopes that the AIAC Academy will be able to fulfil the demand in the market for accessible, practical, comprehensive and dynamic ADR education of world-class quality to ensure that ADR professionals are well equipped with the necessary expertise, knowledge and skills to be able to effectively manage ADR proceedings.
Tun Richard Malanjum, Rector of the AIAC Academy added that it is equally important on the part of the AIAC, to ensure that the neutrals they appoint, possess the necessary qualifications and more importantly, are committed to keeping abreast with the developments in the law, apart from being well versed in the law, the application of the law and having an understanding of the cultural nuances in Peninsular Malaysia, East Malaysia and the region.
Tun Richard also took the opportunity congratulating the AIAC on the successful launch of their AIAC Arbitration Rules 2021 and the AIAC i-Arbitration Rules 2021 last year and being optimistic that these latest revisions of the rules would bring about greater trust in the AIAC as a multi-dimensional ADR centre.
About Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) (AIAC)
The Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) was established in 1978 under the auspices of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). Pursuant to an agreement between the Government of Malaysia and AALCO, the Government of Malaysia supported the establishment of a regional centre for commercial arbitration in Kuala Lumpur and agreed to provide the facilities for the establishment and functioning of such a centre.
The Government of Malaysia has also accorded AIAC independence and certain privileges and immunities for the purposes of executing its functions as an international institution. Administered by a Director under the supervision of the Secretary General of AALCO, AIAC is a non-profit non-governmental international arbitral institution that adopts the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules with modifications, i.e. The Rules for Arbitration of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC Rules).