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DUBLIN: Which seat?

DUBLIN: Which seat?

Premium article - 19 July 2016

Brexit has raised questions over the future of London as a seat but, at the time of the 20th anniversary “which seat” debate organised by the Franco-British Legal Society, that was still an unimaginable prospect. Irish barrister Arran Dowling-Hussey reports on the event looking at the respective advantages of five European cities.

DALLAS: The slow evolution of quick arbitral relief

DALLAS: The slow evolution of quick arbitral relief

Premium article - 12 July 2016

The annual workshop of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) examined the theory and practice of obtaining interim relief from an arbitral tribunal or emergency arbitrator and featured a conversation with Dutch arbitrator Albert Jan van den Berg. Mark Stadnyk of Norton Rose Fulbright in New York reports on behalf of the ITA.

SHANGHAI: Haze and the maze of witness testimony

SHANGHAI: Haze and the maze of witness testimony

Premium article - 08 June 2016

The latest IBA International Arbitration Day in Shanghai provided occasion for Young ICCA and the under-40 group of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, ICDR Young & International, to debate the future of environmental disputes in Asia and the quirks of witness testimony in Asian arbitrations. Stuart Bruce and Holly Blackwell of King & Wood Mallesons report.

NAIROBI/MOGADISHU: Reintegrating Somalia

Premium article - 03 June 2016

Practitioners, academics and government officials gathered in Nairobi and later Mogadishu for the first Somali International Arbitration Summit, to assist Somalia's recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the civil war. Ayan Islam of the University of DC, Maryan Hassan of the federal government of Somalia, Ilham Kabbouri of Taylor Wessing and Zain Jinnah, an incoming associate at White & Case, report.

Treaty-making in an era of treaty bashing

Treaty-making in an era of treaty bashing

Premium article - 26 May 2016

Treaty negotiators, academics, practitioners and students gathered in Washington, DC, and London for conferences organised by the International Arbitration Institute on treaty-making in investment law. Mikaël Schinazi, a PhD candidate at Sciences Po, Paris, and an LLM student at Columbia Law School, and Margaret Clare Ryan, a senior associate in the international arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling, report.

HAMBURG: New energies and new rules

HAMBURG: New energies and new rules

Premium article - 04 May 2016

The German Institution of Arbitration's spring conference saw the launch of a process to update the 1998 DIS rules and discussion of "new energies" in dispute resolution in a city that is seeing a wind energy boom in the North Sea. James Menz, counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich, reports on this and a companion DIS 40 event that included a keynote speech by Hans van Houtte.

ZURICH: ADR of IP and technology disputes

ZURICH: ADR of IP and technology disputes

Premium article - 28 April 2016

In-house counsel and prominent arbitration practitioners resisted the lure of blue skies and fresh snowfall in the Swiss Alps to spend an afternoon in Zurich discussing recent developments in alternative dispute resolution for IP and technology disputes. Anya George, senior associate at host firm Schellenberg Wittmer, reports.

Cross-examination and stilettos: ArbitralWomen celebrates launch of young group

Cross-examination and stilettos: ArbitralWomen celebrates launch of young group

Premium article - 26 April 2016

Earlier this month, Arbitral Women marked the launch of the first young group for female practitioners and held its first conference on how to advance in international arbitration. Dilber Devitre, foreign associate at Homburger in Zurich, reports.

GUATEMALA CITY/TEGUCIGALPA: A role for English common law?

GUATEMALA CITY/TEGUCIGALPA: A role for English common law?

Premium article - 22 April 2016

Linked seminars in Guatemala and Honduras looked at whether English common law has a role to play in trade and investment arbitration in central America and Latin America in general. Organiser Monica Feria-Tinta, a Peruvian who practises as a barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers in London and one of the few Latin Americans called to the English bar, reports.

WASHINGTON, DC: Ethics for arbitrators and counsel

WASHINGTON, DC: Ethics for arbitrators and counsel

Premium article - 22 April 2016

A conference hosted by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC, explored the ethical obligations of arbitrators and advocates in international arbitration. Charles Rosenberg and Imad Khan of White & Case report.

PARIS: Best Friends debate need for rules on ethics

Premium article - 05 April 2016

At the latest Best Friends’ Debate in Paris, 64 per cent of the audience members voted against institutions creating new rules, including rules to regulate counsel conduct and address ethical dilemmas in international arbitration.

TAIPEI: Sanctions against counsel and other matters

TAIPEI: Sanctions against counsel and other matters

Premium article - 23 March 2016

The latest Taipei International Conference on Arbitration and Mediation – part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese Arbitration Association in Taipei – considered possible sanctions against counsel for unethical conduct, investment claims brought by cigarette companies and the need for an international convention on the enforcement of mediated settlements. Hao-Jou Fan and Mao-wei Lo, LLM candidates at College of Law, National Taiwan University, report.