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The DIFC’s conduit jurisdiction – not dead yet

The DIFC’s conduit jurisdiction – not dead yet

15 November 2017

In an article to coincide with Dubai Arbitration Week, local practitioner Gordon Blanke looks at whether the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts will survive as a conduit jurisdiction - concluding they are moribund, but not dead yet, and could be saved by a "first-seized rule" that will resolve the competition between them and the onshore Dubai courts.

UAE pledges to amend penal code and makes progress towards new law

UAE pledges to amend penal code and makes progress towards new law

13 November 2017

As Dubai Arbitration Week kicks off, the United Arab Emirates has said it will amend a controversial article of its penal code that says arbitrators can be imprisoned for bias. Meanwhile, the country is slowly moving towards passing its long awaited new arbitration law.

Florida to offer quality mark for arbitration lawyers

Florida to offer quality mark for arbitration lawyers

10 November 2017

Florida is to offer ”board certification” for international arbitration practitioners, becoming the first US state to do so.

From a thousand to three - Russia's slash in arbitral institutions‎

From a thousand to three - Russia's slash in arbitral institutions‎

30 October 2017

On 1 November, the number of arbitral institutions allowed to administer international commercial arbitrations in Russia is set to be slashed from more than a thousand ‎to just three. What will this mean for the jurisdiction?

Barbados launches homegrown centre

Barbados launches homegrown centre

20 October 2017

After unsuccessful attempts to link up with the LCIA and ICDR in past years, Barbados has launched its own homegrown centre, the Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean, which is now open for business.

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

11 October 2017

UPDATED. Despite “the tyranny of distance” which has shaped its history, Australia has positioned itself as an attractive venue for international arbitration in the Asia Pacific and globally, Doug Jones has told an event in Sydney.

Shanghai court asked to set aside award for res judicata

Shanghai court asked to set aside award for res judicata

04 October 2017

Following three arbitrations spanning 10 years, a German investor in a Chinese shopping mall has applied to a Shanghai court to set aside an award of the local arbitral commission on the grounds that it contradicts an earlier award in the same dispute.

Scotland launches "arbitration court user group"

Scotland launches "arbitration court user group"

25 September 2017

The Judicial Office for Scotland has announced the establishment of an "arbitration court user group" to facilitate understanding by the courts of arbitration-related issues.

CIETAC launches investment rules and opens "Silk Road" centre

CIETAC launches investment rules and opens "Silk Road" centre

22 September 2017

To coincide with China Arbitration Week and in preparation for an array of "Belt and Road" disputes, the country's main arbitration provider CIETAC has announced new rules for the handling of investment disputes and the opening of a "Silk Road Arbitration Centre" in Xi'an

BVI recovers after hurricanes

BVI recovers after hurricanes

22 September 2017

The British Virgin Islands have been spared the full force of Hurricane Maria, the second category 5 hurricane to hit the Caribbean in two weeks, and are now focusing on humanitarian aid and reconstruction - with the arbitration centre providing a hub for disaster relief efforts.