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South Africa mulls Model Law

South Africa’s parliament is to consider a long-awaited international arbitration bill adopting the UNCITRAL Model Law and modernising the procedure for the enforcement of foreign awards.

Australia faces another investor-state claim

More than a year after seeing off a controversial investment treaty claim by Philip Morris, Australia is facing a claim under a trade agreement from a US power company over the alleged expropriation of turbine generators.

Political asylum fails to keep businessman's treaty claim afloat

A controversial Turkish businessman lost an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Turkey because his investments in the country lacked a “transnational quality” even though he later obtained political asylum in France, according to a recently published SCC award from last year.

PetroChina affirms consent to arbitrate Chad oil dispute – but with a footnote

Amid doubt over whether they are alter egos or successors of a Swiss oil company that fell out with a US partner, PetroChina and five other Chinese state-owned companies have confirmed their consent to taking part in a planned arbitration in Texas over central African oil and gas fields that was reported by GAR last month.

  • Washington event whets appetite for funding report

    The yet-to-be-published findings of an ICCA-Queen Mary task force on third-party funding were discussed at a recent conference in Washington DC, with the co-chairs of the task force William W Park, Catherine Rogers and Stavros Brekoulakis addressing disclosure requirements and the difficulty of defining funding activities.

  • Italian brothers disappointed by damages against Romania

    Italian brothers Marco and Stefano Gavazzi are "very disappointed" after they were awarded a small fraction of the US$30 million damages sought from Romania in a dispute arising from the privatisation of a steel company.

  • Costa Rica tribunal acknowledges award error

    After rejecting a string of DR-CAFTA claims against Costa Rica last year on jurisdictional grounds, a tribunal has told the parties that the award contains a “factual error” regarding the status of litigation in the country and asked whether they should correct it or terminate the case.

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Paulsson revives debate about party-appointed arbitrators

In light of a recent dissent in an ICSID case against Costa Rica, Jan Paulsson has revived the question of whether the arbitral community should consider “moderating [its] love of unilaterally appointed arbitrators” – and proposed that the presiding arbitrator play a role in the appointment of tribunal members.

The march of the robots

As technology develops, Paul Cohen and Sophie Nappert consider the “brave new world” of the not-too-distant future where artificial intelligence meets international arbitration and technology potentially supplants the role of arbitrators, counsel and experts.

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The European Arbitration Review 2017

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Richard Power and Paul Baker

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Antonio Rigozzi, Sébastien Besson and William McAuliffe

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Commercial Arbitration

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Yuko Nihonmatsu Takafumi Ochiai and Shingo Noguchi

Atsumi & Sakai

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The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration

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John A Trenor

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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