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We lag behind on diversity, Ziadé warns

We lag behind on diversity, Ziadé warns

18 November 2016

International arbitration tribunals have diversified slower than many international courts and tribunals, argued the CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Nassib Ziadé, at GAR Live Dubai yesterday.

Leader of CIArb Nigeria calls for law reform

Leader of CIArb Nigeria calls for law reform

15 November 2016

Nigeria was the first African country to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law in 1990 but now the president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Nigeria branch has called for law reform at a conference in the country’s oil hub, Port Harcourt.

GAR Live Lookback: does aggressive enforcement harm investment arbitration?

GAR Live Lookback: does aggressive enforcement harm investment arbitration?

07 November 2016

For the first time at a GAR Live, one side of a debate in Paris managed to convert delegates from voting almost unanimously against the motion to passing it – following arguments on the pros and cons of aggressive enforcement of treaty awards.

Fordham conference travels through time

Fordham conference travels through time

03 November 2016

This year’s Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference spanned the evolution of the process from the 1950s and 1960s, evoked in a keynote speech by Gerald Aksen, to the digital age of today with all its cyber security risks. Gretta Walters of Chaffetz Lindsey in New York reports.

Dutch Arbitration Day focuses on quality control

Dutch Arbitration Day focuses on quality control

Premium article - 25 October 2016

Quality control in international arbitration was the theme of this year's Dutch Arbitration Day, with perspectives from in-house counsel, leaders of arbitral institutions and counsel and arbitrators. Stan Putter of Conway & Partners in Rotterdam and Fleur Potter of Simmons & Simmons in Amsterdam report.

LCIA chief shares plan for India

LCIA chief shares plan for India

Premium article - 25 October 2016

UPDATED. In a speech in Delhi, the chair of the LCIA board J William Rowley QC has set out five fundamental changes needed for India to achieve its goal of being a global hub for international arbitration, saying that a country poised for global economic leadership "simply must commit to putting in place a world standard of dispute resolution".

Modi makes institutional arbitration a priority

Modi makes institutional arbitration a priority

24 October 2016

A major conference in Delhi on strengthening arbitration and enforcement in India has seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi declare the creation of "a vibrant ecosystem for institutional arbitration" one of the "foremost priorities" of his government, with similar endorsements from the president, chief justice and a host of other eminent figures.

Time will tell on Brexit, say London lawyers

Time will tell on Brexit, say London lawyers

Premium article - 21 October 2016

Market uncertainty as a result of Brexit and competition from other seats will see a move of cases away from London suggested GE global litigation counsel Michael McIlwraith during an event in London to launch Kluwer International Arbitration Journal's special Brexit edition – but others disagreed.

Crawford on “the ideal arbitrator”

Crawford on “the ideal arbitrator”

Premium article - 18 October 2016

International Court of Justice judge James Crawford used a lecture in Washington, DC, to address the ideal attributes of an arbitrator, media attacks on the “conclave” of lawyers that decide investor-state disputes and the EU’s proposals for a permanent investment court. Daniel Parga of the Law Office of Jeffrey M Winton reports.

Defending investment arbitration “a lost battle”, says Pinsolle

Defending investment arbitration “a lost battle”, says Pinsolle

Premium article - 11 October 2016

In a speech at the Dutch Arbitration Day, prominent practitioner Philippe Pinsolle argued that seeking to defend investment arbitration is a “lost battle” and expressed his support for replacing it with a permanent court.

Responding to critiques of arbitration

Responding to critiques of arbitration

Premium article - 23 September 2016

The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum’s North America regional conference in Washington, DC, in June discussed how to respond to critiques of arbitration, why “summer is coming” for mediation, and two closely-watched cases in the US appeals courts. Jarred Pinkston, clerk to Judge Daniel Hurley of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, reports.

GAR Live New York looks at Commisa v Pemex

GAR Live New York looks at Commisa v Pemex

Premium article - 20 September 2016

A panel at GAR Live New York considered the US Second Circuit’s decision in Commisa v Pemex to enforce an award annulled at the seat of arbitration, Mexico, and offered snapshots of the recent work of the ICC, the Supreme Court of New York State and a body that has set itself the task of restating US arbitration law.