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LONDON: Rethinking investment treaty law - a policy perspective

LONDON: Rethinking investment treaty law - a policy perspective

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.

Arbitrators and human rights

Arbitrators and human rights

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.

HONG KONG: The role of institutions in developing arbitration

HONG KONG: The role of institutions in developing arbitration

Premium article - 09 June 2011

A panel organised by the Hong Kong under-45 group HK45 on 11 May considered the role of arbitral institutions in the future development of international arbitration - with innovation in cost-saving methods and revised rules emerging as paramount. Ula Cartwright-Finch, associate at Herbert Smith in Hong Kong, reports.

SINGAPORE: City state reflects on progress

Premium article - 05 June 2011

Singapore’s attorney general and the former head of arbitration at Rajah & Tann, Sundaresh Menon SC, spoke of the city state’s upward trajectory as an arbitration centre at the second Singapore International Arbitration Forum. Alison Ross reports

SINGAPORE: GAR Live ponders Jivraj

Premium article - 03 June 2011

The UK case of Jivraj v Hashwani has led the arbitration community to fiercely defend nationality requirements for arbitrators – but does it actually matter where the members of a panel come from? asked delegates at the GAR Live conference in Singapore.

SYDNEY: Reforms and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region

SYDNEY: Reforms and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region

Premium article - 02 June 2011

A conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on 27 and 28 May examined legislative reforms, technological challenges and the pros and cons of arb-med in the Asia-Pacific region. Douglas Jones AM, CIArb president and partner at Clayton Utz in Sydney, reports.

LONDON: Is arbitration suitable for a quadrillion-dollar market?

LONDON: Is arbitration suitable for a quadrillion-dollar market?

Premium article - 25 May 2011

International arbitration has successfully been employed to settle disputes involving investors and states, sport and the internet, but Jan Paulsson warns it may not be a panacea for problems in the financial markets.

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