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NICOSIA: Investment arbitration - a view from Cyprus

Premium article - 01 May 2011

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Constantine Partasides shared his favourite statistic relating to investment arbitration: more than 80 per cent of ICSID awards are enforced voluntarily (more than 90 per cent before Argentina started digging in its heels in recent cases). Alison Ross reports

NICOSIA: Beechey condemns 'pernicious' arbitrator challenges

Premium article - 01 May 2011

There has been a growth in a “particularly pernicious” form of tactical challenge to arbitrators designed to derail a tribunal whether or not the challenge succeeds, said the chairman of the ICC Court of Arbitration, John Beechey, at an event in Cyprus on 28 March.

WASHINGTON, DC: Two types of arbitrators?

Premium article - 01 May 2011

The ICSID system has been damaged by a reliance on arbitrators with a pure academic background who lack experience of the practicalities of commercial arbitration, an audience at American University heard on 22 March. Sebastian Perry reports

WASHINGTON, DC: Is ICSID losing its appeal… again?

Premium article - 01 May 2011

Recent ad hoc committees have overstepped their authority but the harm they have done to the ICSID system should not be exaggerated, a conference in Washington, DC, heard. Sebastian Perry reports

SINGAPORE: Investment treaty jurisprudence - fragmented or consistent?

SINGAPORE: Investment treaty jurisprudence - fragmented or consistent?

Premium article - 07 April 2011

“Is there consistency in case law arising from investment treaty cases?” asked arbitrator J Christopher Thomas QC at a Centre for International Law seminar at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore. An attendee reports

HONG KONG: Introducing the new arbitration ordinance

HONG KONG: Introducing the new arbitration ordinance

Premium article - 01 April 2011

With the new Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance due to come into effect on 1 June, HK45 and the HKIAC Users' Council held a seminar on 22 March to examine the highlights of the new law and its practical implications. Jun Bautista, an associate at Baker Botts in Hong Kong, reports

MILAN: Transparency in international arbitration

MILAN: Transparency in international arbitration

Premium article - 17 March 2011

The forthcoming 18th Vis Arbitration Moot will be conducted under the rules of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration. Daniele de Carolis of the University of Trento reports on an event organised by the Milan chamber to address one of the key issues in this year’s moot - that of transparency in international arbitration.

STOCKHOLM: The IBA rules of evidence - the Swedish context

STOCKHOLM: The IBA rules of evidence - the Swedish context

Premium article - 31 January 2011

A seminar in Stockholm looked at how the new IBA rules on the taking of evidence in international arbitration may affect international arbitration in Sweden and elsewhere for years to come, reports an attendee.

DOUALA: Cameroon event puts spotlight on Africa

DOUALA: Cameroon event puts spotlight on Africa

Premium article - 24 January 2011

The first African International Commercial Law Conference in Douala, Cameroon, considered the success of various efforts to harmonise commercial law, the effectiveness of OHADA arbitration and whether South Africa is being surpassed by its near neighbours when it comes to arbitration.

LONDON: Party-appointed arbitrators - love them or loathe them?

LONDON: Party-appointed arbitrators - love them or loathe them?

Premium article - 19 January 2011

Jan Paulsson and Alexis Mourre debated whether it would be better to let institutions, not parties, appoint members of arbitral tribunals at a recent event in London.