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GAR Awards 2017 – best development

08 March 2017

GAR Awards 2017 – best development

GAR continues its publication of shortlists for awards that will be open to the public vote soon, ahead of this year's awards ceremony in Milan.

The 2017 Awards will take place at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel on 29 March, two days before the IBA International Arbitration Day. The black-tie event, to raise money for the Swawou School Foundation in Sierra Leone, will once again include a drinks reception and dinner and the unveiling of this year’s GAR 30.

Details to register for the event can be found here

The nominations for best development are below, with links to the relevant GAR article where available. A voting form will be published online at the end of this week so you can cast your votes.

[loosely in chronological order by date, though some are ongoing projects or are made up of multiple elements]

  • PRIME Finance and the Permanent Court of Arbitration combine to resolve disputes arising from complex financial transactions, with financial support from the municipality of The Hague (January 2016)
  • First ICCA Congress takes place in Africa, in Mauritius, with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon among the keynote speakers (May 2016)

  • The launch of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge – a call to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators (May 2016)

  • The United Nations Commission for International Trade Law adopts revised Notes on Organising Arbitral Proceedings and launches a guide to the New York Convention (July 2016)

  • Shaima Aljubran becomes the first female arbitrator to be appointed in a commercial case in Saudi Arabia (August 2016)

  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport hears a record number of cases at the Rio Olympics and takes on an expanded role, ruling on doping disputes at first instance (August 2016)

  • An agreement provides for the smooth and fast enforcement of DIAC awards in Dubai International Financial Centre (September 2016)

  • The under-40 subcommittee of the International Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee provides a “toolkit for award-writing” aimed at young arbitrators (September 2016)

  • The International Bar Association issues a report examining the reception of soft law instruments in international arbitration worldwide (September 2016)

  • Queen Mary School of International Arbitration and Pinsent Masons publishes a survey focusing on technology, media and telecoms disputes (November 2016)

  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR releases Report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (November 2016)

  • The ICC revises its rules and introduces new expedited procedure (November 2016)

  • Four institutions publish information on the costs and duration of arbitration – the LCIA, SCC, SIAC and the HKIAC (December 2016)

  • Singapore and Hong Kong draw up laws to permit third party funding

  • The ICC International Court of Arbitration and the Milan Chamber of Arbitration publish arbitrator names in move towards greater transparency

  • The Singapore International Arbitration Centre issues new rules, unveils investment arbitration offering, announces the opening of a second office in India (in Gujurat) and takes on a role resolving disputes in East Timor to aid its economic development

  • Attention is drawn to "due process paranoia" and the abuse of due process in international arbitration

  • The Horn of Africa arbitration project progresses – as a task force is established to set up an arbitration centre in Djibouti; Somalia sets up a government division to reform arbitration and hosts the first Somali International Arbitration Summit

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