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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

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

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.

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