‘Doyen of arbitration’ Vinayak Pradhan dies

Vinayak Pradhan received the Arbitrator of the Year Award by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia branch) in 2016. (aiac.world pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) Malaysia director and senior lawyer Vinayak Pradhan has passed away.

An AIAC statement said Pradhan, 72, died yesterday, surrounded by family members.

He is survived by his wife, Varsha Pradhan, and two children.

AIAC said Pradhan received the Arbitrator of the Year Award by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia branch) in 2016.

It said Pradhan led a distinguished career and held such appointments as a member of the United Nations Compensation Commission, and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission.

“He will be missed for his leadership, guidance, kindness and great intellectual energy,” it said.

On Nov 21, 2018, the government appointed Pradhan as acting director of AIAC, replacing Sundra Rajoo, who resigned after helming the body for nine years.

The then attorney-general Tommy Thomas, who described Pradhan as the doyen of arbitration in Malaysia, said the lawyer was recognised the world over for his ability, experience and leadership.

Pradhan was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1974, having secured his law degree from the University of Singapore. He was a consultant with legal firm Skrine.