Colombo Arbitration Week 2022

01.06.2022 - 05.06.2022


Colombo Arbitration Week

Inaugural Edition

Colombo Arbitration Week 2022 would be Sri Lanka’s first-ever initiative to bring together local and international stakeholders involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution to meet, discuss, and share perspective and knowledge on what the future of ADR in Sri Lanka would look like. The inaugural edition is set to feature experts in Arbitration and Mediation to discuss the use of Mediation in Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses in Construction Disputes, the proposed Arbitration Act for Sri Lanka, a policy level discussion on Arbitrating IP, and a dedicated session for NextGen practitioners, highlighting opportunities for training and experience.

The week-long event is hosted in partnership with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Colombo International Dispute Resolution Centre (CIDRC), and is supported by Afridi & Angell, UAE; Fangda Partners, Hong Kong, the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (AIADR) and Arbitration Chambers, Singapore,  along with several other firms and corporates.

We hope Colombo Arbitration Week inspires a pathway for Sri Lanka to emerge as a leader in ADR in the Asian Region. On behalf of our partners, advisors, panelists and committee, I welcome you to Sri Lanka and our Arbitration Community.

Hon. Justice Saleem Marsoof
Presidents Counsel,
Judge of the Supreme Court, Fiji
Hon. Justice Arjuna Obeyesekere
Judge of the Supreme Court,
Sri Lanka
Mr. Romesh de Silva
President's Counsel
Dr. Harsha Cabral
President's Counsel
Mr. Chandaka Jayasundera
President's Counsel
Mr. Avindra Rodrigo
President's Counsel
Dr. Asanga Gunawansa
Lead Counsel, Colombo Law Alliance
Dr. Romesh Weeramantry
Senior Consultant, Clifford Chance
Judith Knieper
Legal Officer, UNCITRAL
Shanaka Cooray
Datuk Prof. Sundra Rajoo
Former Director AIAC
and President AIADR
Mohammed Talib
Partner, Pinsent Masons, Hong Kong
Suren De Silva
Counsel, D.L.&F De Saram
Ms. Olga Boltenko
Partner, Fangda Partners
Mr. Harprabdeep Singh
Alan Leong SC’s Chambers
Mr. Aruna de Silva
Counsel, F J & G De Saram
Prof. Lawrence Boo
Head, The Arbitration Chambers
James Claxton
Mediator, Arbitrator, and
Associate Professor of Waseda University
Mr. Nirmalan Wigneswaran
Deputy Solicitor General of Sri Lanka
Mr. Mahdev Mohan
Consultant, Simha Law
Ms. Dilumi de Alwis
Mr. Kartikey Mahajan
Partner, Khaitan & Co, Singapore
Dr. Milhan Ikram Mohamed
Prof. Rajesh Sharma
Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
Ms. Shehara Varia
Partner, F J & G De Saram,
Director, ADR Centre Sri Lanka
Mr. Chathura Randeniya
Partner, Afridi & Angell
Ms. Nirusha Rantnatunga
Partner, Nithya Partners
Mr. Shamir Zavahir


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Platinum Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor


Supporting Institutions

Khaitan & Co.
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01st June, 2022

Panel Discussion

“Proposed Arbitration Act: A Fresh Start for Sri Lanka?”

04.30 PM to 07.00 PM

02nd June, 2022

Panel Discussion

“Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses in Construction Disputes”

05.30 PM to 07.30 PM

03rd June, 2022

Panel Discussion

“Navigating Interim and Emergency Relief in Arbitration”

05.30 PM to 07.30 PM

04th June, 2022

Panel Discussion

“Real scope for investor-state mediation in our BIT’s?”

03.30 PM to 05.30 PM

Panel Discussion

“Is Sri Lanka falling behind on arbitrating IP?”

05.30 PM to 07.30 PM

05th June, 2022

Panel Discussion

“ADR Infrastructure and the Role of NextGen in ADR: Do We Have What It Takes?”

02.30 PM to 04.30 PM