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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.

The sexy world of M&A arbitration

The sexy world of M&A arbitration

01 June 2017

Declared a “sexy” area of specialism by Stephen Jagusch QC in a keynote speech, M&A disputes managed to hold the interest of 200 delegates from around the world at a two-day event in Warsaw.

In-house counsel advise former “private practice” selves

In-house counsel advise former “private practice” selves

31 May 2017

A panel of in-house counsel at GAR Live London explained what they want from their external counterparts and gave advice to their former selves in private practice.

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.