The Projects and Construction Review: Editor's Preface
La meilleure façon d'être actuel, disait mon frère Daniel Villey,
est de résister et de réagir contre les vices de son époque.
Michel Villey, Critique de la pensée juridique modern (Paris: Dalloz, 1976)
This book has been structured following years of debates and lectures promoted by the International Construction Law Committee of the International Bar Association, the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Society of Construction Law, the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry, the American College of Construction Lawyers, the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and the International Construction Lawyers Association. All these institutions and associations have dedicated themselves to promoting an in-depth analysis of the most important issues relating to projects and construction law practice and I would like to thank their leaders and members for their important support in the preparation of this book.
Project financing and construction law are highly specialised areas of legal practice. They are intrinsically functional and pragmatic, and require the combination of a multitasking group of professionals – owners, contractors, bankers, insurers, brokers, architects, engineers, geologists, surveyors, public authorities and lawyers – each bringing their own knowledge and perspective to the table.
I am glad to say that we have a chapter from Turkey in this edition. Although there is an increased perception that project financing and construction law are global issues, the local knowledge offered by leading experts in 19 countries has shown us that to understand the world, we must first make sense of what happens locally; to further advance our understanding of the law, we must resist the modern view (and vice?) that all that matters is global and what is regional is of no importance. Many thanks to all the authors and law firms that graciously agreed to participate.
Finally, I dedicate this tenth edition of The Projects and Construction Review to a dear friend, the late Vinayak P Pradhan, who died on 8 March 2020. Vinayak Pradhan was an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and the Supreme Court of Singapore. He was a partner and consultant at Skrine for more than 45 years, recognised throughout his legal career as a talented advocate, whose oratorical brilliance regularly outshone the best and was immensely respected in the arbitration world. Vinayak was appointed director of the Asian International Arbitration Centre in November 2018. The then Honourable Attorney General of Malaysia, in announcing the appointment, described Vinayak as 'the doyen of arbitration in Malaysia and recognised the world over for his ability, experience and leadership in the field of arbitration'. He is survived by his wife, Varsha, and his two children, Avinash and Anisha.
Júlio César Bueno
Pinheiro Neto Advogados