Arbitrator Liv Sovanna is giving presentation.
Arbitrator Liv Sovanna and students during the session
Students take group photo after the session.

Seventeen third-year law students from the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) attended a training course about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at the Arbitration Council (AC) office.

Mr. Liv Sovanna, an arbitrator from the employee list, gave a presentation on ADR and the arbitration process in the context of Cambodian Labour Law and answered students’ questions.Arbitrator Sovanna also discussed the distinction between court processes and the AC process.

“Courts make decisions strictly based on laws. However, the AC makes decisions based not only on laws but also on equity,” said Arbitrator Sovanna.

“Parties cannot select judges but they can select arbitrators for their dispute resolution hearing,” he added.

Professor Khim Kiri from RULE organized this visit to supplement university course material, as his students have been studying alternative labor dispute resolution (ADR). In order to more clearly understand the arbitration process, the students visited the AC to meet arbitrators and learn about collective labour dispute resolution and the difference between the Arbitration Council and courts in Cambodia.

“These students are in their third year of university. Therefore, specific knowledge about the process will be very helpful for their future careers. Some might become arbitrators or lawyers and work in fields related to ADR. Some might even work at the Arbitration Council or in the courts,” added Professor Kiri.

Ms. Korng Chanthy, one of the 7 female students attending the training, said that the training helped clear some of her misunderstandings about the AC. Prior to attending the training, she thought that parties had to pay a small fee for arbitration in order to enjoy its many benefits. In reality, parties served by the AC do not have to pay at all for dispute resolution services.

“Knowledge from this training will help me in the future because I like this field. It is the  reason I choose to major in law,” added Chanthy.

This training course lasted around 2 hours,  from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on 16 September 2014.

The AC/F regularly provides training courses on collective labour dispute resolution processes at its own office and at various universities, including the Royal University of Law and Economics, the National University of Management, Puthisastra University, and Mekong University. The AC/F is planning to provide more trainings in the near future.