Former attorney-general V. K. Rajah wants Singapore to take the lead in forging an international ethics code for arbitration practice.
He said such a move would help the country at a time when it has become the top venue in Asia for dispute resolution.
He told the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators recently that Singapore has already taken the lead in various discrete areas such as witness coaching.
This refers to court rules here that forbid lawyers from rehearsing lines with witnesses.
“We in Singapore must assume thought leadership in this field and act in our enlightened self-interest,” he said in the address on Nov 1.