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BOOK REVIEW: Investment Protection in Brazil

Friday, 14 November 2014


Editors: Daniel de Andrade Levy, Ana Gerdau de Borja and Adriana Noemi Pucci. Publisher: Kluwer Law International, 2014. Reviewed by Catharine Titi, postdoctoral research fellow at the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II

BOOK REVIEW: Damages in International Arbitration under Complex Long-Term Contracts

Friday, 14 November 2014

Damages in International Arbitration under Complex Long-term Contracts

Authors: Herfried Wöss, Adriana San Román Rivera, Pablo Spiller and Santiago Dellepiane. Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2014. Reviewed by Aníbal Sabater, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in New York

WASHINGTON, DC: Cremades on puissance publique

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Portrait of Cremades

In a lecture at American University Washington College of Law, Spanish arbitrator Bernardo Cremades discussed puissance publique in investment arbitration. Daniel Parga, research dean’s fellow at the law school’s Center on International Commercial Arbitration, reports.

UK: Recent court approaches to freezing injunctions: is there any consistency?

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

In two recent cases, English courts granted a worldwide freezing injunction against a Zambian company with no assets in the UK and refused to continue a UK freezing injunction against a Nigerian company that had assets in the country. Oliver Elgie, senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in London, reports.

BERLIN: Under 40s compare notes

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The co-chairs of DIS40 organised the event. From left: : David Quinke (former co-chair), Simon Manner, Maxi Scherer, Anna Masser, and Rouven Bodenheimer

The first global conference of the Co-Chairs' Circle (CCC) – an umbrella organisation for under-40 practitioner groups – took place in Berlin at the end of September and looked at cultural differences is international arbitration.

CONSTRUCTION: Good news from Singapore – the second Persero case

Monday, 10 November 2014

Christopher Seppälä, partner at White & Case in Paris, reports on a Singapore High Court decision that will help facilitate the cash flow of contractors in the construction industry.

ICC encourages more proactive role by in-house counsel

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The IBA annual conference in Tokyo saw the latest regional launch of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR’s Guide for In-House Counsel and Other Party Representatives on Effective Management of Arbitration, which aims to help in house counsel take the reins in arbitration with a view to reducing time and costs. Mirèze Philippe, special counsel at the secretariat of the ICC Court of Arbitration, reports.

SEOUL: Interim measures considered as part of arbitration law revisions

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

German-American international arbitration specialist Richard Kreindler addressed an audience at the recently established Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center on the subject of interim measures. BC Yoon, partner at Kim & Chang and secretary general of the Seoul International Arbitration Centre, reports.

LONDON: Hot topics

Friday, 31 October 2014

Subjects explored at King & Wood Mallesons’ latest Hot Topics include the time and cost of arbitration, the new LCIA rules and the treatment of pathological arbitration clauses in the US courts. Partner Dorothy Murray, associates Swati Tripathi and Stuart Bruce, and trainee Alexandra Cooke report.

JEJU ISLAND: What do South Korea and Japan share?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

South Korea's Jeju island

A gathering at South Korea’s Jeju Island, in the foothills of a network of dormant volcanos and lava tubes that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marked the launch of the Korea-Japan International Arbitration Forum. Joongi Kim, professor at Yonsei Law School in Seoul, reports.

GENEVA: A new generation of international tribunals: Gary Born’s Lalive lecture

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


In the first Lalive lecture since the passing of Pierre Lalive, Gary Born highlighted the difference in performance between what he termed first- and second-generation tribunals. Julian Wyatt, an associate at Lalive, reports.

CHINA: Pathological arbitration clauses – a mainland perspective

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Parties involved in disputes in mainland China can face unwanted surprises in the absence of a carefully drafted arbitration clause. Stephen Wong of Haibu Attorneys-at-law in Shenzhen and Alfred Wu of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in Hong Kong explain the mainland courts’ approach to challenges to an arbitration agreement’s validity.

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