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Singapore grabbing share of investment arbitration despite “hot potato” case

Singapore grabbing share of investment arbitration despite “hot potato” case

07 June 2017

A major change of the past few years has been Singapore’s emergence as a hub for investment treaty arbitration. Speakers at GAR Live Singapore considered its role in this regard, with particular reference to the “political hot potato” of the Sanum v Laos case.

Singapore’s courts under the spotlight

Singapore’s courts under the spotlight

07 June 2017

Singapore’s courts have been less busy than usual supervising commercial arbitrations this year, GAR Live delegates heard today – but there have been a wave of applications on natural justice grounds and from overseas counsel wanting to appear before the courts in arbitration-related matters.

Time for a fairer response to corruption?

Time for a fairer response to corruption?

02 June 2017

The scourge of corruption has frustrated investment for centuries. A panel at GAR Live BITs in Washington, DC, discussed whether tribunals’ response to it “fits the crime” or whether there is an unfair “asymmetry” in the treatment of investors and states.

GAR Live BITs - in pictures

GAR Live BITs - in pictures

01 June 2017

GAR Live BITs was held at the offices of Covington & Burling in Washington, DC on 23 May, sponsored by Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle and Nera Economic Consulting.

In-house counsel advise former “private practice” selves

In-house counsel advise former “private practice” selves

31 May 2017

A panel of in-house counsel at GAR Live London explained what they want from their external counterparts and gave advice to their former selves in private practice.

GAR Live London - in pictures

GAR Live London - in pictures

30 May 2017

GAR Live took place in London on 15 May 2017, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's London office. Photos of the event are now available.

GAR Live lookback: mega-treaties – what are the implications?

GAR Live lookback: mega-treaties – what are the implications?

19 May 2017

Showing how much can change in the blink of a US presidential election, the liveliest panel at last year’s GAR Live BITs discussed “mega-treaties” - CETA, TTIP, etc. What lessons could be drawn from their content, both substance and process, and what would their effect be more generally? Would they release a bow-wave to wash over any number of pre-existing treaties?

GAR Live lookback: Donovan considers challenges to legitimacy of ISDS

GAR Live lookback: Donovan considers challenges to legitimacy of ISDS

18 May 2017

Ahead of GAR Live BITs next week, GAR looks back at last year's event, when Donald Donovan told delegates that the fundamental challenge of investor state dispute resolution is not over-application of the fair and equitable treatment standard, but the lack of predictability in applying it.

A year of the Pledge

A year of the Pledge

16 May 2017

It is a year since the launch of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge – marked yesterday at GAR Live London, a drinks party at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Who's Who Legal Awards.

Making the most of opening statements

Making the most of opening statements

27 April 2017

Speakers at GAR Live Stockholm today questioned whether opening statements are useful in arbitration – and whether counsel can make them more effective through being brief, submitting written arguments or relying on visual aids, even Casablanca.