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Into the Woods: Canadian leaves Skadden for Montreal boutique

Into the Woods: Canadian leaves Skadden for Montreal boutique

28 April 2017

A lawyer who helped defend Russia in the Yukos arbitrations is returning to her native Canada to join Montreal arbitration boutique Woods as counsel after three years at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in London and Paris.

Russian company threatens first treaty claim against Belarus

Russian company threatens first treaty claim against Belarus

28 April 2017

A Russian construction company has threatened to bring what would be the first known investment treaty against Belarus, in reliance on a multilateral treaty for the creation of an Eurasian economic union.

White & Case partner calls for privilege rethink

White & Case partner calls for privilege rethink

28 April 2017

White & Case partner Phillip Capper told an audience at GAR Live Stockholm yesterday he had reconsidered his one-time opposition to having more rules in arbitration and called on the arbitration community to consider a new set covering privileged documents.

Trump puts brakes on US withdrawal from NAFTA

Trump puts brakes on US withdrawal from NAFTA

28 April 2017

US president Donald Trump has said that the US will not withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement “at this time”, following reports that he was taking steps to do so by the 100th day of his presidency.

ICC names new managing counsel

ICC names new managing counsel

27 April 2017

Slovenian lawyer Ziva Filipic has been named the new managing counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Trustee told it can’t bring treaty claim

Trustee told it can’t bring treaty claim

27 April 2017

An ICSID panel has dismissed a treaty claim against Venezuela brought by the Barbadian manager of a trust that the state alleged was a front for Venezuelan nationals or a Qatari sovereign fund.

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.

German investor asks to annul Argentina award

German investor asks to annul Argentina award

27 April 2017

A German construction group is seeking to partially annul a US$13.4 million ICSID award issued against Argentina last December in a dispute over a bridge and highway project affected by the state’s financial crisis.

Lord Thomas again addresses courts-arbitration relationship

Lord Thomas again addresses courts-arbitration relationship

27 April 2017

England's Lord Chief Justice – who was accused of a "judicial land grab" last year when he argued that courts should have more scope to review points of law in arbitration – has used a speech in Beijing to give a more placatory view of the way the system should work.

Decision on dual nationals is partially set aside

Decision on dual nationals is partially set aside

26 April 2017

A French court has partially annulled a jurisdictional decision in a bilateral investment treaty case against Venezuela but said the arbitrators did not err in concluding that the BIT in question allows claims by dual nationals.