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Gas price reopeners – is there a better way?

Friday, 22 July 2016

Gas price reopener disputes are traditionally resolved via arbitration, but can be more costly and cumbersome than users intended. Richard Power, an aptly named energy disputes specialist and partner at Clyde & Co in London, considers the alternative options, including expert determination, med-arb and other exotic arbitration formats.

DELHI: An eventful 12 months

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Sunrise at India Gate, New Delhi

Rishab Gupta and Aonkan Ghosh, counsel and associate at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, report on a seminar of the Indian Council of Arbitration in New Delhi that reflected on the recent changes to international arbitration in India.

PARIS: Very young group hosts "Match of the Day"

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

PVYAP's Match of the Day took place on 5 July in Paris

Ahead of the UEFA European Championships and with the Rio Olympics looming, the Paris Very Young Arbitration Practitioners Group held its first conference focused on arbitration and sports, inspired by "Match of the Day". William Brillat-Capello of Betto Seraglini and Chloé Vialard of Shearman & Sterling report on the event, which saw discussion of the strengths and shortcomings of CAS arbitration and reflections on former UEFA president Michel Platini's recent appeal to the court by his counsel.

DUBLIN: Which seat?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


Brexit has raised questions over the future of London as a seat but, at the time of the 20th anniversary “which seat” debate organised by the Franco-British Legal Society, that was still an unimaginable prospect. Irish barrister Arran Dowling-Hussey reports on the event looking at the respective advantages of five European cities.

DALLAS: The slow evolution of quick arbitral relief

Tuesday, 12 July 2016


The annual workshop of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) examined the theory and practice of obtaining interim relief from an arbitral tribunal or emergency arbitrator and featured a conversation with Dutch arbitrator Albert Jan van den Berg. Mark Stadnyk of Norton Rose Fulbright in New York reports on behalf of the ITA.

SHANGHAI: Haze and the maze of witness testimony

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Mountain in Indonesia

The latest IBA International Arbitration Day in Shanghai provided occasion for Young ICCA and the under-40 group of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, ICDR Young & International, to debate the future of environmental disputes in Asia and the quirks of witness testimony in Asian arbitrations. Stuart Bruce and Holly Blackwell of King & Wood Mallesons report.

NAIROBI/MOGADISHU: Reintegrating Somalia

Friday, 3 June 2016

Practitioners, academics and government officials gathered in Nairobi and later Mogadishu for the first Somali International Arbitration Summit, to assist Somalia's recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the civil war. Ayan Islam of the University of DC, Maryan Hassan of the federal government of Somalia, Ilham Kabbouri of Taylor Wessing and Zain Jinnah, an incoming associate at White & Case, report.

SINGAPORE: Law shows potential for court network

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Recently passed legislation, the Singapore Choice of Courts Agreement Act 2016, addresses a perceived problem of enforceability of judgments of the Singapore International Commercial Court and foreshadows the regime which may eventually govern the enforceability of judgments within a network of international commercial courts. Jordan Tan and Yvette Anthony, senior associates at Clifford Chance Asia in Singapore, report.

Treaty-making in an era of treaty bashing

Thursday, 26 May 2016

International flags

Treaty negotiators, academics, practitioners and students gathered in Washington, DC, and London for conferences organised by the International Arbitration Institute on treaty-making in investment law. Mikaël Schinazi, a PhD candidate at Sciences Po, Paris, and an LLM student at Columbia Law School, and Margaret Clare Ryan, a senior associate in the international arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling, report.

HAMBURG: New energies and new rules

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A wind farm in the North Sea

The German Institution of Arbitration's spring conference saw the launch of a process to update the 1998 DIS rules and discussion of "new energies" in dispute resolution in a city that is seeing a wind energy boom in the North Sea. James Menz, counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich, reports on this and a companion DIS 40 event that included a keynote speech by Hans van Houtte.

TREATY COLUMN: How is an agreement to arbitrate formed?

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

An ICSID tribunal that recently dismissed a claim against Turkmenistan adopted a novel test to determine whether compliance with a treaty’s local litigation requirement was an issue of jurisdiction or admissibility. Linklaters partner Matthew Weiniger QC and associate Stephanie Tang in London report

ZURICH: ADR of IP and technology disputes

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Alps, near Zurich

In-house counsel and prominent arbitration practitioners resisted the lure of blue skies and fresh snowfall in the Swiss Alps to spend an afternoon in Zurich discussing recent developments in alternative dispute resolution for IP and technology disputes. Anya George, senior associate at host firm Schellenberg Wittmer, reports.

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