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Press Release: 2014 Phnom Penh International Arbitration Day

Press Release: 2014 Phnom Penh International Arbitration Day

Destination Justice is delighted to host the 2014 Phnom Penh International Arbitration Day on Friday, 25 July 2014. This event, co-hosted with the Cambodian

Ministry of Commerce, will feature presentations from a range of high-profile speakers from the Cambodian Arbitration Council, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and international law firms Clifford Chance, WilmerHale and Rajah&Tann.

Cambodia’s arbitration environment has been flourishing in recent years in tandem with the country’s economic growth. The Phnom Penh International Arbitration Day provides an opportunity for experts from a range of backgrounds to share their perspectives in a setting ideal for expediting collaboration between organisations in this emerging area. Mr. Rodolphe Prom, Destination Justice’s President, affirmed that “joint efforts to develop International Arbitration in Cambodia must continue as International Arbitration contributes to the development of rule of law. Through arbitration, parties are reminded they must respect their agreements and the law. It all participates in the enforcement of rights and the promotion of development and this is what is important for Cambodia”.

The International Arbitration Day follows the success of the January 2013 International Arbitration Week, also hosted by Destination Justice along with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Ministry of Justice. Ms Olga Boltenko, a Legal Assistant to Hong Kong Arbitrator Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS who has been instrumental in orchestrating both events, remarked, “There is an unfortunate public perception that arbitration in Cambodia is at its early stages, and that it will take a while for Cambodia to be able to offer high-quality arbitration services. This perception must change. Cambodia is an UNCITRAL Model law jurisdiction; it ratified the New York and Washington Conventions. It is a member-state of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Cambodia ratified over twenty bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. With the establishment of the National Commercial Arbitration Centre, Cambodia will be in a position to offer an effective dispute resolution mechanism to burgeoning domestic and international businesses in South East Asia.”

A wide range of participants from the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Justice, law firms, diplomatic services, business associations and chambers of commerce will be attending this seminar.

About Destination Justice

Destination Justice is a non-profit organisation of consultants in law, governance and development with a focus on improving the rule of law and human rights in a sustainable and holistic way. The work of the organisation encompasses a range of priorities, including enhancing access to justice, providing education and training and developing access to  legal information. Destination Justice opened its first office in Cambodia in 2012 and since then has been working in Cambodia to enhance access to legal information in order to socialise in an accessible way the concepts of rule of law, justice and international criminal justice, and to build the capacity of legal advice by providing and facilitating training courses to law practitioners.

Contact and Further Information

For more information about this event and to arrange your coverage of the event, contact Mr. Tomás Navarro Blakemore, Consultant, Destination Justice. Telephone: +855 978 40 60 73.

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