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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.