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LONDON: The problems of med-arb – should Keeneye open our eyes?

LONDON: The problems of med-arb – should Keeneye open our eyes?

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.

MIAMI: The Latin American arbitrator

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

KUALA LUMPUR: Arbitrating Islamic banking and finance disputes

KUALA LUMPUR: Arbitrating Islamic banking and finance disputes

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.

KUALA LUMPUR: Evolving arbitration rules in the Asia-Pacific

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.

GENEVA: ICCA roundup

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

LONDON: Should tribunals apply foreign mandatory laws?

LONDON: Should tribunals apply foreign mandatory laws?

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.

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