Under the cooperation between the Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF) and Cambodian Royal Academy for Judicial Professions (CRAJP) as well as Fair Work Commission Australia (FWC), an Australian delegation and an Arbitration Council (AC) arbitrator were invited to share the knowledge on the topic of “Labour Dispute Resolution Process and Arbitration Council Process” and “Arbitration Council Resolution Process and its Relation to the Court” to the professional sitting judges in an half-day workshop on 08 July 2016 at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.

The workshop was opened with remarks from Mr. Chhorn Proloeung, President of CRAJP and Mr. Men Nimmith, Executive Director of the ACF regarding the strong cooperation between the two parties to share a better understanding of the AC process and labour dispute resolution processes both in Cambodia and in Australia for the professional sitting judges.

The workshop was divided into two sessions and the first session was facilitated by Arbitrator Liv Sovanna focusing on the three key topics – general principle of arbitration and court, the differences between arbitration and adjudication and the Cambodian labour dispute resolution context. The second session was facilitated by Commissioner Michael Gay to share the successful practical experiences of why labour dispute resolution and court in Australia has successes in the way it has.

These sessions touched on the key functions to promote further understanding of each other’s laws and workplace cultures and of common international labour standards and to keep Cambodian professional sitting judges  updated on the practice and the process of labour dispute resolution in Cambodia and Australia.

This workshop was attended by 41 professional sitting judges from different provinces including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Svay Rieng, Kompong Chhnang, Sihanouk Ville, Kandal, Takeo and Kompong Speu which were assigned by CRAJP.