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BEIJING: Opening the Forbidden City

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Beijing's Forbidden City

A seminar co-organised by ICDR Young & International and the China Young Arbitration Group (CYAG) explored recent developments in institutional arbitration in China and beyond. Yves Hu, associate at WunschArb in Beijing, reports

HONG KONG: Lord Hoffmann’s rule of law musings

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Lord Hoffmann

Lord Hoffmann has become the latest prominent legal figure to endorse Hong Kong as a seat of arbitration in the face of suggestions that it lacks independence from mainland China, at the same time sharing his views on what constitutes the rule of law; London and Russia as arbitral seats; whether an award is anchored in the seat or occupies a virtual “cloud”; and the ethical responsibilities of counsel in arbitrations. Olga Boltenko, clerk to Hong Kong arbitrator Neil Kaplan QC, reports.

PRAGUE: The experience of states in investment treaty disputes

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Old town square, Prague

Government representatives, counsel and arbitrators gathered in the Czech capital in October to share their experiences in investment treaty arbitration. Mária Lokajová and Kateřina Šmukařová of Squire Patton Boggs in Prague report

LJUBLJANA: Arbitration in the ex-Yugoslav countries

Friday, 28 November 2014

The countries of the former Yugoslavia

Representatives from the countries that made up the former Yugoslavia gathered in the Slovenian capital to discuss their experiences with international arbitration. Jarred Pinkston of Dorda Brugger Jordis in Vienna reports.

SEOUL: Trends in the Asia-Pacific region

Friday, 28 November 2014

Vanina Sucharitkul

The ICC International Court of Arbitration’s fourth annual Asia-Pacific conference in Seoul explored recent arbitration developments in the region. Vanina Sucharitkul, senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in Bangkok and a member of the ICC Court for Thailand, reports.

MONEY COLUMN: Expropriate my cousin? – Allocating confiscation threats as part of “country risk”

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Venezuelan flag

Mark Kantor, an independent arbitrator in Washington, DC, considers two recent ICSID awards that take opposite views on whether investors should bear the consequences of a state’s threats of expropriation against similarly situated businesses for the purposes of determining damages.

HONG KONG: Fortier advocates a “poetic” approach to corruption

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The lecture was inspired by a quote by former US president John F Kennedy

Yves Fortier QC has encouraged “arbitrator-poets” (as he styled them) to speak out against transnational corruption, in the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s 2014 Kaplan lecture. Matthew Townsend, associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in Hong Kong, reports.

HOUSTON: Trick or treatment? – Halloween conference on avoiding political risk in the oil industry

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Haunted house

Can investment treaties treat the frights and chills of political risk in the oil and gas industry? Freddy Sourgens, associate professor at Washburn University School of Law, reports on an investment arbitration conference on 31 October that brought academics and transactional lawyers and arbitration specialists from 12 GAR 100 firms to the capital of the oil and gas industry, Houston.

ZURICH: Emergency arbitration and state court interim measures

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


A panel co-organised by the Zurich Bar Association’s arbitration and litigation practice groups compared emergency arbitration and interim measures granted by state courts. Michael Feit, managing associate at Walder Wyss in Zurich, reports

MELBOURNE: Griffith on the ISDS debate

Monday, 24 November 2014 Featured In: Volume 9 - Issue 6 (Vol. 9 Iss. 6)

Albert Monichino QC, Gavan Griffith QC and Eugenia Levine

Gavan Griffith QC, the former solicitor-general of Australia and a prominent international arbitrator, talked about the ongoing Australian debate about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses at the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre. Melbourne-based barrister Eugenia Levine reports

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

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