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Making the most of opening statements

Making the most of opening statements

27 April 2017

Speakers at GAR Live Stockholm today questioned whether opening statements are useful in arbitration – and whether counsel can make them more effective through being brief, submitting written arguments or relying on visual aids, even Casablanca.

Blair’s two-step test for illegally obtained evidence

Blair’s two-step test for illegally obtained evidence

27 April 2017

In a lecture in Vienna, Cherie Blair QC noted the lack of clear rules on the treatment of illegally or improperly obtained evidence in arbitration – including Wikileaks cables – and proposed a two-step admissibility test that takes account of who benefits from the wrongdoing and the public interest.

Can’t pay, won’t pay

Can’t pay, won’t pay

24 April 2017

Cash-strapped parties in disputes – or those simply unwilling to pay – were the subject of a seminar for young arbitration practitioners in Seoul, who discussed the use that can be made of orders for security for costs and third party-funding, as well as freezing orders to prevent them from hiding or dissipating assets.

Baggage handling – first of three conferences looks at influence of legal traditions

Baggage handling – first of three conferences looks at influence of legal traditions

06 April 2017

The first of three highly anticipated conferences organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators considered the "baggage" of legal traditions that practitioners carry and how it can burden and benefit proceedings.

Use your sanctioning powers, Friedman urges arbitrators 

Use your sanctioning powers, Friedman urges arbitrators 

31 March 2017

In the absence of "an IBA jail", Mark Friedman of Debevoise & Plimpton considered what sanctions are available to arbitrators for misconduct in the context of document production at today's IBA International Arbitration Day in Milan. 

Milan gathering looks at emergency arbitration and diversity

Milan gathering looks at emergency arbitration and diversity

31 March 2017

A gathering in Milan hosted by ArbitralWomen, DLA Piper and the Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution considered evidence in emergency arbitration proceedings and the strides made towards diversity in the field.

Call for new rules for human rights disputes involving business

Call for new rules for human rights disputes involving business

24 March 2017

LINK ADDED. Three international law specialists have proposed drafting a special set of rules for the arbitration of disputes over alleged human rights abuses by businesses, arguing that it would solve an access to justice problem and have a preventative effect all the way down the supply chain.

New CPR leaders have “powerhouse – and in house – credentials”

New CPR leaders have “powerhouse – and in house – credentials”

17 March 2017

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution has named the Dallas-based chief legal officer at Fluor Corporation as the new chair of its board of directors, after its latest annual meeting explored “pathways to partnership” between in-house counsel, external lawyers and arbitrators.

Swiss institution holds first innovation conference

16 March 2017

The Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution – one of GAR’s nominees for the innovation award at the forthcoming GAR Awards in Milan – has devoted a whole conference to innovation in the area of expedited proceedings.

Arbitration versus litigation: stick to the tracks or choose the open road?

Arbitration versus litigation: stick to the tracks or choose the open road?

10 March 2017

A panel at Withers' London office debated the respective advantages of litigation and arbitration – compared to a rail journey and a journey on the open road – and whether the prevalence of arbitration is "a serious impediment to the common law", as suggested by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales almost exactly a year ago. Ruzin Dağlı, associate at Withers, reports.