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VIENNA: UNCITRAL/VIAC conference

Premium article - 27 April 2010

A two-day conference organised by UNCITRAL and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC) brought delegates up to speed on the revision of the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Jarred Pinkston of Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte and Manfred Heider, secretary general of VIAC, report

50 Years of BITs: positive effects to come?

Premium article - 16 February 2010

An event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first bilateral investment treaty appears to have kickstarted discussion on the future of BITs in policy circles – especially within the EU. David Samuels reports

HONG KONG: Goff lecture: The experience of UNCITRAL in revising its rules

Premium article - 15 February 2010

For its annual Goff lecture in December 2009, City University of Hong Kong School of Law invited David Caron, a professor of international law at UC Berkeley, to speak. Caron, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, spoke on the quandaries faced by those seeking to update them. Report by Jun Bautista, an associate at Baker Botts in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: International Arbitration Users? Council Symposium

Premium article - 15 February 2010

On 11 December 2009, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Users’ Council held its first symposium, a well-attended event that attracted not just lawyers but engineers, accountants, physicians and other professionals. Jun Bautista of Baker Botts in Hong Kong reports on the symposium’s success in agreeing “best practices”

HONG KONG: Australasian Forum of International Arbitration Symposium

Premium article - 15 February 2010

One of the first events to be hosted in the magnificent new Maxwell Chambers in Singapore raised interesting questions about whether the writing requirement of article II(2) of the New York Convention should remain. James Kwan, a partner at Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong and a co-chair of the AFIA executive committee for 2010, reports.

BERNE: ASA - general assembly and conference on Federal Tribunal rulings

Premium article - 17 December 2009

Switzerland’s arbitration association bade a warm farewell to its president – and celebrated its court’s principled stances – at this year’s annual general assembly. Andrea Meier and Christopher Boog of Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich report

FRANKFURT: DIS40 - "Entering the field of investment arbitration as a young lawyer"

Premium article - 17 December 2009

Ever wondered how to become an investment arbitration lawyer? By Boris Kasolowsky (counsel) and Caroline Harvey (associate) of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt

GENEVA: MIDS lecture, Emmanuel Gaillard: "The Representations of International Arbitration"

Premium article - 17 December 2009

The professor laid out three competing “models” of reality, but said that they are each of equal validity, to the surprise of some. By Phillip Landolt (partner) of Charles Russell LLP

SINGAPORE: "Dispute resolution in the international oil and gas sector"

Premium article - 17 December 2009

Singapore recently hosted the Association of International Petroleum Negotiator’s annual arbitration event, the first time the landmark meeting has visited Asia. Steven Lim (partner) and Jun Bautista (associate) of Baker Botts LLP in Hong Kong report

AMSTERDAM: Jong Oranje dinner

Premium article - 27 October 2009

The youth arm of the NAI took a moment recently to toast its own and hold an international arbitration quiz. David Samuels reports