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Winds of change in Pakistan

Winds of change in Pakistan

19 May 2017

Pakistan’s attitude to investment arbitration is evolving – with a bill on the resolution of international trade disputes drafted by Toby Landau QC and others to be considered by the National Assembly soon, learned delegates at three ground-breaking events in Lahore last month, including the first Young ICCA skills training workshop to be held in the country.

A year of the Pledge

A year of the Pledge

16 May 2017

It is a year since the launch of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge – marked yesterday at GAR Live London, a drinks party at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Who's Who Legal Awards.

ICSID secretary general's top priorities for reform

ICSID secretary general's top priorities for reform

03 May 2017

Meg Kinnear, secretary general of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, has outlined six priority areas for rule reform at an event in New York.

Double recovery discussed at Columbia

Double recovery discussed at Columbia

02 May 2017

The latest Columbia Arbitration Day addressed complex issues of double recovery, the admission of “illegally” obtained evidence, conflicting “supranational” obligations, and the differing ethical regimes to which arbitration practitioners are bound – and featured a keynote address on third-party funding by White & Case’s Carolyn Lamm.

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.

Houston event looks at energy sector

24 April 2017

An event in Houston addressed practical concerns for international arbitration in the energy sector – including geopolitics, declining oil prices, how to collect on arbitral awards and ethical dilemmas in the arbitral process. Imad Khan, senior associate at Hogan Lovells in Houston, reports.

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.