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COP23 delegates hear about a "rising tide" of environmental cases

23 November 2017

Leading arbitral organisations and institutions held a panel discussion on the side of the COP23 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Bonn, with a highlight being a description of the “rising tide” of cases with an environmental aspect that are being handled by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Kiev roundtable considers investments in occupied Ukrainian territories

Kiev roundtable considers investments in occupied Ukrainian territories

22 November 2017

A roundtable in Kiev held by Ukrainian law firm Marchenko Danevych considered whether investments in occupied Ukrainian territory are protected by bilateral investment treaties and the prospects for investment claims against Russia, with a particular focus on the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

GAR Live Dubai - in pictures

GAR Live Dubai - in pictures

22 November 2017

GAR Live Dubai took place at the conference centre of the Dubai International Financial Centre on 16 November.

Has Dubai shot itself in foot again with “locals only” law?

Has Dubai shot itself in foot again with “locals only” law?

17 November 2017

After the shock of last year’s penal code amendment which said arbitrators could be imprisoned for bias, delegates at GAR Live Dubai have expressed dismay at what seems like another setback for the United Arab Emirates as an arbitral hub – a new law which permits only Emirati lawyers to acts in cases seated in the country.

Leading Dubai lawyer goes solo as arbitrator

Leading Dubai lawyer goes solo as arbitrator

16 November 2017

After 40 years at Clyde & Co, leading Dubai lawyer Alec Emmerson has told GAR Live Dubai that conflicts “have got the better” of him and he is leaving the firm to practise full time as an arbitrator.

GAR Live Damages - in photos

GAR Live Damages - in photos

07 November 2017

GAR Live Damages was held at the London offices of Pinsent Masons on 30 October. It was sponsored by Cornerstone Research, A&M, Winston & Strawn, CPR, Newton Arbitration, Arbitral Women and the International Lawyers Network

Are experts responsible for the ‘number from nowhere’?

Are experts responsible for the ‘number from nowhere’?

07 November 2017

Too often, arbitrations end with the tribunal pulling a figure from what seems like thin air and awarding that amount in damages, Sarah Vasani of Addleshaw Goddard told GAR Live Damages in London. Several speakers thought experts are partly to blame.

Careers in international arbitration: taking the institutional route

Careers in international arbitration: taking the institutional route

02 November 2017

There are a multitude of careers in international arbitration beyond being party counsel. An event in Washington DC heard from those who have forged roles at international courts, institutions and tribunals or as assistant to an arbitrator.

New York Convention trends discussed in New York and Paris

31 October 2017

Two recent events in New York and Paris organised by Shearman & Sterling and UNCITRAL and moderated by Emmanuel Gaillard looked at a recently published guide to the New York Convention and explored trends and developments in relevant case law. Margaret Clare Ryan, a senior associate in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration group in London, reports.

Could investment treaties solve the European migrant crisis?

Could investment treaties solve the European migrant crisis?

27 October 2017

Leading Austrian arbitrator Christoph Schreuer has told GAR Live Vienna that creating better investment protection in countries that have high levels of migration – through bilateral investment treaties including investor-state dispute settlement – could help to solve the current migrant crisis in Europe.