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Mayer on arbitrators' powers and limits

Mayer on arbitrators' powers and limits

25 October 2017

In a lecture in Washington, DC, French arbitrator Pierre Mayer discussed arbitrators’ powers and their limits in the context of arbitration rules, national laws and modern day practice. Adam Briscoe, JD/MBA student at American University Washington College of Law, reports.

GAR Live Vienna - in pictures

GAR Live Vienna - in pictures

23 October 2017

The first GAR Live Vienna took place on 20 October at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the headquarters of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

VIAC welcomes new secretary general

VIAC welcomes new secretary general

23 October 2017

Delegates at the first GAR Live Vienna heard that Alice Fremuth-Wolf will be taking over as secretary general of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and overseeing significant rule changes (as well as yoga for arbitrators).

Do more on diversity, says ArbitralWomen president

Do more on diversity, says ArbitralWomen president

23 October 2017

ArbitralWomen president Rashda Rana SC has told the first GAR Live Vienna that lawyers and their firms need to do more to fulfil the promises of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge – warning that only action, not just promises, will bring about real change. ‎

Transparency grows as confidentiality diminishes?

Transparency grows as confidentiality diminishes?

18 October 2017

The Mauritius Convention’s entry into force today triggered a discussion at the UNCITRAL Asia-Pacific Judicial Summit in Hong Kong about the growing importance placed on transparency in investor-state arbitration and lessening emphasis on confidentiality by private parties.

Averting the apocalypse: how arbitrators should respond to nuclear and climate change threats

Averting the apocalypse: how arbitrators should respond to nuclear and climate change threats

16 October 2017

A meeting of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR in Sydney heard Australian arbitrator Michael Kirby reflect on how arbitrators should respond to the threats to human life posed by nuclear weapons and climate change.

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

11 October 2017

UPDATED. Despite “the tyranny of distance” which has shaped its history, Australia has positioned itself as an attractive venue for international arbitration in the Asia Pacific and globally, Doug Jones has told an event in Sydney.

Tribunals and institutions can monitor ethics, argues Mourre

Tribunals and institutions can monitor ethics, argues Mourre

09 October 2017

Speaking in Sydney ahead of the IBA annual conference this week, the president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Alexis Mourre has declared himself “a strong proponent of the transnational regulation of ethics in arbitration” but against proposals for bodies other than arbitral tribunals and institutions to enforce them.

Dutch day looks at advocacy and the unreliability of witnesses

02 October 2017

This year’s Dutch Arbitration Day – which marked the event’s fifth year – included speeches by Hilary Heilbron QC of Brick Court Chambers in London sharing the six “Ps” of successful arbitration advocacy and by Peter van Koppen of Amsterdam University on the unreliability of witnesses.

How can Scotland succeed?

How can Scotland succeed?

25 September 2017

As Edinburgh prepares to welcome the ICCA Congress in 2020, an event hosted by ArbitralWomen and the Scottish Arbitration Centre explored how Scotland can make its mark as a seat for international arbitration - drawing lessons from London and also differentiating itself.