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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.

A break with the past as young group launches in Mumbai

A break with the past as young group launches in Mumbai

02 March 2017

At a launch event for India's first young arbitrator's group,Young MCIA, it was discussed how the country might create an arbitration “ecosystem” that enables a new generation of lawyers to build and sustain “arbitration only” practices. Deepa Somasunderam, associate at Mishcon de Reya in London, reports.

Stars of arbitration and Bollywood rub shoulders at Harvard

Stars of arbitration and Bollywood rub shoulders at Harvard

24 February 2017

Arbitration heavyweights were among those who addressed a 1,000-strong audience at the latest India Conference at Harvard University, though they risked being overshadowed by some of the Bollywood stars in attendance.

PRIME panels

PRIME panels

01 February 2017

Following PRIME Finance's annual conference in The Hague, the chairs of the different panels have summed up their discussions on matters ranging from Brexit to damages to recent regulation in the financial market.

Milan: how to arbitrate Obama-style

Milan: how to arbitrate Obama-style

30 January 2017

The latest Milan Chamber of Arbitration conference considered the problem of unethical conduct and guerilla tactics in international arbitration, with one speaker advising oppressed parties to follow the advice of former US first lady Michelle Obama, “When they go low, we go high”.

Castello draws lessons from Trump’s election

Castello draws lessons from Trump’s election

30 January 2017

In a keynote address at the most recent Dublin International Arbitration Day, James Castello of King & Spalding in Paris drew lessons from the US presidential election for those involved in the area of investor-state dispute resolution. Dublin-based barrister Patrick Mair reports.

Young ICCA debates Brexit as Trump wins election victory

Young ICCA debates Brexit as Trump wins election victory

10 January 2017

Political analysts strikingly failed to predict the two most momentous political events of last year – Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president. On the day of the second of these events, Young ICCA members debated the effects of the first, considering whether London could suffer an economic downturn similar to that of Quebec following two referenda on sovereignty. Camilla Gambarini, an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and Young ICCA events coordinator, reports.

Under-40 gathering in Tokyo covers broad ground

Under-40 gathering in Tokyo covers broad ground

09 December 2016

A recent seminar of Japan’s first young arbitrators group and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s under-40 group considered the problem of delay, the potential benefits of importing national court practices into the arbitral process, how to succeed and “The Pledge.” Kei Kato, associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Tokyo, reports.

Threat of winter looms over sunny Sydney

Threat of winter looms over sunny Sydney

01 December 2016

It may be high summer in Sydney but in a sequel to a speech he gave on impending challenges facing international arbitration earlier this year Gary Born has warned that “winter is coming”. Jesse Kennedy of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York reports

Procedural manoeuvres in investment arbitration

Procedural manoeuvres in investment arbitration

21 November 2016

A recent seminar in London addressed strategy in investment arbitration, with a focus on procedural manoeuvres available to respondent states – including applications for summary dismissal, security for costs and disclosure of third-party funding arrangements.