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Case numbers rise in China

Case numbers rise in China

23 June 2017

International arbitration in China is growing thanks to the establishment of seven new free trade zones in the mainland, favourable court rulings and the "One Belt, One Road" policy, heard delegates at a conference in London held by the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

An epicentre for arbitration in the Caribbean?

An epicentre for arbitration in the Caribbean?

22 June 2017

Two years after Lord Goldsmith QC “laid down the gauntlet” by asking whether a newly established international arbitration centre in the British Virgin Islands could knock New York, London and Paris “off their perch”, John Beechey has told how far the centre has come and what challenges it faces.

The claim/award mismatch – GAR Live Energy considers the reasons

The claim/award mismatch – GAR Live Energy considers the reasons

21 June 2017

Speakers at GAR Live Energy explored why claimants in investment treaty cases often receive damages that fall far below the amount claimed and the extent to which experts and tribunals are responsible.

Istanbul centre reveals it has completed cases

Istanbul centre reveals it has completed cases

21 June 2017

The president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre's executive board, Ziya Akinci, has told an audience at GAR Live Istanbul that the centre has already completed cases, less than a year after officially opening for business.

Could Brexit trigger investment claims?

Could Brexit trigger investment claims?

19 June 2017

UPDATED. As Brexit negotiations get underway in Brussels, GAR reports on a debate in London on whether the UK’s exit from the European Union could trigger viable investment arbitration claims against the state.

Is it time to end confidentiality by default?

Is it time to end confidentiality by default?

16 June 2017

“Secrecy is a habit, not a need”, Ben Juratowitch QC of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris has argued at a seminar in London – it’s time to make arbitral awards public as the default position, unless, after hearing from the parties, the tribunal rules otherwise.

UNCITRAL follows leader to Cameroon for 50th anniversary

UNCITRAL follows leader to Cameroon for 50th anniversary

13 June 2017

The United Nations Commission for International Trade Law has kicked off celebrations of its 50th anniversary with an arbitration-focused event in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, home to the body’s current leader Gaston Kenfack Douajni and site of its planned African regional centre.

“Bonkers” or necessary? Summary dismissal debated at GAR Live Stockholm

“Bonkers” or necessary? Summary dismissal debated at GAR Live Stockholm

12 June 2017

As the SCC Arbitration Institute’s new summary dismissal procedure beds in, a debate at GAR Live Stockholm highlighted the danger that an innovation intended to cut off frivolous claims may instead prove yet another way to spin out arbitrations.

Vienna event looks at how to take wind from critics' sails

Vienna event looks at how to take wind from critics' sails

06 June 2017

Ten years after the event was first held, delegates at this year’s Vienna Arbitration Days considered how to “reposition arbitration” to avoid some of the criticisms it faces, including through giving more of a role to human rights law, making the process more transparent and levelling the playing field as to ethics. Oliver Loksa, attorney-at-law at Binder Grösswang, reports.

Time for a fairer response to corruption?

Time for a fairer response to corruption?

02 June 2017

The scourge of corruption has frustrated investment for centuries. A panel at GAR Live BITs in Washington, DC, discussed whether tribunals’ response to it “fits the crime” or whether there is an unfair “asymmetry” in the treatment of investors and states.