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LONDON: Contributing to the rule of law and good governance in emerging markets

Monday, 13 April 2015

Magna Carta, signed in Runnymede, England, in 1215.

In connection with the recent Global Law Summit in London to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Allen & Overy hosted a briefing on carrying out business in emerging markets and the associated trends in dispute resolution. In light of that briefing, Michael Young and Tim Wood of Allen & Overy report on the impact of international arbitration on the rule of law and good governance in emerging markets.

Russian parties and sanctions-related arbitrations

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Euromaidan protesters in Kiev, 2013

Alexei Panich, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in Moscow, considers potential remedies for Russian parties in arbitrations involving sanctions arising from the Ukraine crisis, and the Russian courts’ approach to such issues.

Six years after West Tankers, is a U-turn imminent?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Julianne Hughes-Jennett and Sarah Baddeley, partner and associate at Hogan Lovells, consider Advocate General Wathelet's opinion on anti-suit injunctions and the recast Brussels Regulation in the Gazprom case, which suggests that arbitral tribunals can make effective anti-suit injunctions within the European Union, notwithstanding the West Tankers decision of 2009.

TURKEY: How the courts are developing their approach to set-aside

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Turkish signpost

The recent establishment of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre will lead to the development of arbitration-related jurisprudence in Turkey. Okan Demirkan, partner at Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law in Istanbul, and associates Gürhan Aydın and Burak Eryiğit look at the evolution of the courts’ approach to applications to set aside arbitral awards in the past three years.

BOOK REVIEW: Two books on arbitration in Chile

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Santiago, Chile

El Arbitraje Internacional en la Jurisprudencia Authors: Felipe Ossa and Rosana Zamora Publisher: Thomson Reuters, 2014 Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en Chile Author: Elina Mereminskaya Publisher: Thomson Reuters, 2014 Reviewed by Francisco Orrego Vicuña of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London and Singapore

TREATY COLUMN: A two-steppe process?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

A steppe landscape in Central Asia

ICSID cases against Turkmenistan take contradictory views of the local litigation requirement in the Turkey-Turkmenistan bilateral investment treaty, say Matthew Weiniger QC and Elizabeth Kantor of Herbert Smith Freehills.

GENEVA: Transforming the investment law regime

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


UNCTAD’s expert meeting in Geneva last month considered potential ways to reform the system of international investment agreements. Ignacio Torterola, partner at Brown Rudnick in Washington, DC, reports.

RWANDA: Developing a centre from scratch

Thursday, 19 March 2015

KIAC's registrar Thierry Ngoga in front of the centre's new headquarters in Kigali, purchased in 2014. The centre moved there this week.

Thomas Kendra, counsel at Hogan Lovells in Paris, charts the development of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre, as it celebrates its first two years of operation and the registration of an impressive 24 cases, including four international ones.

AUSTRALIA: The race to decide a Grand Prix driver

Monday, 16 March 2015

Giedo van der Garde

Albert Monichino QC, a Melbourne-based barrister and arbitrator, reports on the last minute court battles to determine who would drive for Sauber Motorsports in the Australian Grand Prix at the weekend.

Putting the toothpaste back in the tube and other problems of long-term gas pricing contracts

Sunday, 15 March 2015 Featured In: Volume 10 - Issue 1 (Vol. 10 Iss. 1)

Speakers at GAR Live Paris discussed the problems associated with long-term gas pricing contracts and the lessons they have learnt on how best to adjust them to new market conditions. Clemmie Spalton reports.

TREATY ARBITRATION: What is an abuse of process?

Friday, 13 March 2015

A scene from after the Battle of Chorillos: watercolour by Rudolph de Lisle (1853-1885)

Deborah Ruff and Trevor Tan, partner and associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in London, examine a recent ICSID award dismissing a US$41 billion claim against Peru over a tourism development close to the site of a historical battle.

The virtue of judicial restraint: two comments on Laos v Sanum

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Supreme Court of Singapore, where the High Court is based

Todd Weiler, a Canadian investment arbitration specialist, and Tai-Heng Cheng, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York, argue that a Singaporean court was wrong to set aside a jurisdictional decision in an investment treaty case against Laos earlier this year.

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