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Young ICCA debates Brexit as Trump wins election victory

Young ICCA debates Brexit as Trump wins election victory

10 January 2017

Political analysts strikingly failed to predict the two most momentous political events of last year – Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president. On the day of the second of these events, Young ICCA members debated the effects of the first, considering whether London could suffer an economic downturn similar to that of Quebec following two referenda on sovereignty. Camilla Gambarini, an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton and Young ICCA events coordinator, reports.

Under-40 gathering in Tokyo covers broad ground

Under-40 gathering in Tokyo covers broad ground

09 December 2016

A recent seminar of Japan’s first young arbitrators group and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s under-40 group considered the problem of delay, the potential benefits of importing national court practices into the arbitral process, how to succeed and “The Pledge.” Kei Kato, associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Tokyo, reports.

Threat of winter looms over sunny Sydney

Threat of winter looms over sunny Sydney

01 December 2016

It may be high summer in Sydney but in a sequel to a speech he gave on impending challenges facing international arbitration earlier this year Gary Born has warned that “winter is coming”. Jesse Kennedy of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York reports

Procedural manoeuvres in investment arbitration

Procedural manoeuvres in investment arbitration

21 November 2016

A recent seminar in London addressed strategy in investment arbitration, with a focus on procedural manoeuvres available to respondent states – including applications for summary dismissal, security for costs and disclosure of third-party funding arrangements.

We lag behind on diversity, Ziadé warns

We lag behind on diversity, Ziadé warns

18 November 2016

International arbitration tribunals have diversified slower than many international courts and tribunals, argued the CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Nassib Ziadé, at GAR Live Dubai yesterday.

Leader of CIArb Nigeria calls for law reform

Leader of CIArb Nigeria calls for law reform

15 November 2016

Nigeria was the first African country to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law in 1990 but now the president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Nigeria branch has called for law reform at a conference in the country’s oil hub, Port Harcourt.

GAR Live Lookback: does aggressive enforcement harm investment arbitration?

GAR Live Lookback: does aggressive enforcement harm investment arbitration?

07 November 2016

For the first time at a GAR Live, one side of a debate in Paris managed to convert delegates from voting almost unanimously against the motion to passing it – following arguments on the pros and cons of aggressive enforcement of treaty awards.

Fordham conference travels through time

Fordham conference travels through time

03 November 2016

This year’s Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference spanned the evolution of the process from the 1950s and 1960s, evoked in a keynote speech by Gerald Aksen, to the digital age of today with all its cyber security risks. Gretta Walters of Chaffetz Lindsey in New York reports.

Dutch Arbitration Day focuses on quality control

Dutch Arbitration Day focuses on quality control

Premium article - 25 October 2016

Quality control in international arbitration was the theme of this year's Dutch Arbitration Day, with perspectives from in-house counsel, leaders of arbitral institutions and counsel and arbitrators. Stan Putter of Conway & Partners in Rotterdam and Fleur Potter of Simmons & Simmons in Amsterdam report.

LCIA chief shares plan for India

LCIA chief shares plan for India

Premium article - 25 October 2016

UPDATED. In a speech in Delhi, the chair of the LCIA board J William Rowley QC has set out five fundamental changes needed for India to achieve its goal of being a global hub for international arbitration, saying that a country poised for global economic leadership "simply must commit to putting in place a world standard of dispute resolution".