On Friday, 25 July Mr. Men Nimmith, Acting Executive Director of the Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF), was invited to share the successful achievements of the Arbitration Council (AC) over 11 years of resolving collective labour disputes with participants during the International Arbitration Day at the Imperial Garden Villa & Hotel, Phnom Penh.

Destination Justice, together with the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia, hosted this event aimed at providing an opportunity for experts from different national and international institutions working in similar fields to share their perspectives in contributing to the development of rule of law in Cambodia.

Experienced as an Arbitrator with Cambodia’s Arbitration Council for more than 11 years, Mr. Men Nimmith said that since its inception in May 2003, the Council has heard approximately 1850 registered cases, with a majority from garment and footwear sector.  Founded on a tripartite system which acknowledges the importance of employer associations, employee associations and the Ministry of Labour in the industrial relations environment, the AC has played a role in maintaining industrial and economic stability having overseen the successful resolution of over 73% of collective disputes registered.

The Mr. Men Nimmith also noted that this success is due to the Council’s professionalism, expedient reason-based decision making, integrity and particularly, its known independence and freedom from corruption.

Participants at the International Arbitration Day also heard presentations from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and international law firms such as Clifford Chance, WilmerHale and Rajah&Tann.