Premium article - 30 September 2011
UK arbitrator Julian Lew QC has warned that the non-adherence to the Model Law of the major arbitration jurisdictions - England, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the US - could prove a deterrent to parties seating their arbitrations in these countries as economic power shifts to other regions of the world.
Premium article - 28 September 2011
A Swiss Arbitration Association conference in Zurich considered the role and practice of arbitral institutions, drawing on recent research by graduates of the Geneva MIDS programme. Urs Weber-Stecher, a partner at Wenger & Vieli in Zurich, reports.
Premium article - 22 September 2011
Jeffrey Elkinson, deputy president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and director and partner at Conyers Dill and Pearman in Bermuda, says the decision of the Hong Kong High Court in Gao Haiyan and Xie Heping v Keeneye Holdings may be a "wake-up call" for those in favour of the med-arb process.
Premium article - 19 September 2011
Arbitrators in Latin America are subject to more aggressive challenges and are less likely to disclose potential conflicts of interest, a conference in Miami heard on 16 September. Sebastian Perry reports
Premium article - 03 August 2011
Apparently for the first time at an international arbitration event, speakers at the recent APRAG conference in Kuala Lumpur focused on arbitration of Islamic banking and finance disputes. Nik Sarina Lugman Hashim, a partner at Ghani & Co in Kuala Lumpur who is writing a PhD thesis on the topic, reports.
Premium article - 21 July 2011
Speakers for the ICC, UNCITRAL and four Asian arbitral institutions spoke about their efforts to make their rules clearer, more user-friendly and more time- and cost- efficient at the recent APRAG conference in Kuala Lumpur. Ing Yoong Lang, a partner at Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, reports.
Premium article - 23 June 2011
The ICCA 50th anniversary conference in Geneva on 21 May saw panellists debate the architecture of the New York Convention, the role of investor-state arbitrators in shaping international law, and the changing needs and expectations of clients. Tom Toulson and Sebastian Perry report
Premium article - 21 June 2011
A meeting of the European chapter of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum included a lively trans-Tasman debate between Stuart Dutson of Eversheds and Audley Sheppard of Clifford Chance, who took on the roles of “academic Aussie” and “practical Kiwi”. The debate’s referee, Andy Moody of Eversheds, and his colleague Greg Falkov report.
Premium article - 15 June 2011
Former and current government advisers from Australia, Ecuador, Norway, South Africa and the US met at the London School of Economics on 23 May to share their experiences of redrafting bilateral investment treaties. Ekaterina Finkel of Baker & McKenzie in London reports.
Premium article - 13 June 2011
Arbitrators in investor-state cases should be more mindful of their role in shaping international legal standards and be prepared to consider environmental and human rights law when making their decisions, delegates at the ICCA 50th anniversary conference heard.