1 October 2020: Singapore

BAIAC is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Committee Members for the term 2020-2023:

Justice Dr Benjawan Tangsatapornpan – Dr Tangsatapornpan is the former Executive Director of Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) and a judge of the Office of the President of Supreme Court. She teaches in various leading universities in Thailand. In her role with the government, Dr Tangsatapornpan participated in important legislative draftings, as the representative of the office of the judiciary in the consideration of the Council of State regarding to be the member of CISG Convention, drafting of the Contracts for the International Sale and Purchase of Goods Act, and as ad hoc committee member in the drafting of various regulations.

Padma Shri Dr T.K. Viswanathan – Dr Viswanathan is a legal luminary who has held various positions in the academia, Government of India and in Lok Sabha. During his four decades of his career he has served as a lawyer, as a Professor of Jurisprudence and as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Law & Justice and as Secretary General of Lok Sabha. He has drafted many important landmark legislations over the past two decades and the Government has immensely benefitted from his expertise in legislative drafting and in parliamentary and constitutional matters. Dr Viswanathan was consultant to the former President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and at present the Director in the Pranab Mukerjee Foundation. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2017 by the President of India.

Professor Dr Munin Pongsapan – Dr Pongsapan is the Dean of Thammasat University, Faculty of Law. He is currently also Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, an association of leading Thai law schools, and a member of Thailand’s regulatory impact assessment board. He has taught, researched, and published extensively in the areas of private law, especially contract and obligations law, comparative law and Thai legal history. His expertise focuses on breach of contract and contract interpretation. He has edited some of Thailand’s most authoritative texts on contracts and obligations, including two gigantic volumes on juristic acts and obligations written by Professor Seni Pramoj. Between 2013 and 2019, he was the founding Director of the International LLB Programme in Business Law at Thammasat University, which is Thailand’s first and only undergraduate programme in law entirely taught in English.

Mr Andreas Wehowsky – Mr Wehowsky is a Swiss lawyer with the leading Swiss law firm Schellenberg Wittmer, focussing on international arbitration and litigation. He is currently also finishing his PhD thesis on expedited and summary proceedings in international arbitration at the University of Zurich. He holds LL.M. degrees from the University of Hong Kong (with a focus on international arbitration) and the University of Zurich. He previously also gained experienced at HKIAC and regularly publishes in his areas of interest, with a focus on international arbitration in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer, he has worked for the international arbitration and litigation teams of magic circle law firms in Switzerland and Singapore. In this capacity he has already been involved in a wide range of disputes such as construction, post-M&A, supply and licensing agreements as well as court enforcement proceedings. He has worked inter alia under the laws of Switzerland, Singapore, the PRC and Germany and was involved in proceedings governed by various international arbitration Rules.

The appointment of the new Committee Members is part of BAIAC’s development plan by engaging the vast pool of local arbitral talents in the region, also expertise from beyond from among those who are  proficient in the Asian context of dispute resolution.