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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.

Cross-examination and stilettos: ArbitralWomen celebrates launch of young group

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

stilettos

Earlier this month, Arbitral Women marked the launch of the first young group for female practitioners and held its first conference on how to advance in international arbitration. Dilber Devitre, foreign associate at Homburger in Zurich, reports.

GUATEMALA CITY/TEGUCIGALPA: A role for English common law?

Friday, 22 April 2016

Guatemala City and Tegucigalpa

Linked seminars in Guatemala and Honduras looked at whether English common law has a role to play in trade and investment arbitration in central America and Latin America in general. Organiser Monica Feria-Tinta, a Peruvian who practises as a barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers in London and one of the few Latin Americans called to the English bar, reports.

WASHINGTON, DC: Ethics for arbitrators and counsel

Friday, 22 April 2016

The Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial

A conference hosted by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC, explored the ethical obligations of arbitrators and advocates in international arbitration. Charles Rosenberg and Imad Khan of White & Case report.

YUKOS: A case of superlatives

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Gervase MacGregor, head of forensic services, and David Mitchell, head of valuations, at accountancy firm BDO examine the valuation implications of the Yukos case and lessons that can be learned for practice.

RUSSIA: Corporate disputes under Russia’s arbitration reform

Friday, 15 April 2016

Nane Oganesyan and Jon Hines, partners at Morgan Lewis in Moscow, explore what Russia’s recently enacted commercial arbitration reform will mean for the arbitrability of corporate disputes and the drafting of arbitration clauses.

PARIS: Best Friends debate need for rules on ethics

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

At the latest Best Friends’ Debate in Paris, 64 per cent of the audience members voted against institutions creating new rules, including rules to regulate counsel conduct and address ethical dilemmas in international arbitration.

SWITZERLAND: Dealing with an arbitration clause in an unsigned contract

Thursday, 31 March 2016 Featured In: Volume 11 - Issue 1 (Vol. 11 Iss. 1)

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne

In a decision dated 18 February – but only made publicly available this month – the Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismissed a motion to set aside an award on jurisdiction that was based on an arbitration clause in an unsigned main contract. Michael Feit, of Walder Wyss in Zurich, reports.

TAIPEI: Sanctions against counsel and other matters

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 Featured In: Volume 11 - Issue 1 (Vol. 11 Iss. 1)

The Chinese Arbitration Association in Taipei celebrated its 60th anniversary last year

The latest Taipei International Conference on Arbitration and Mediation – part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese Arbitration Association in Taipei – considered possible sanctions against counsel for unethical conduct, investment claims brought by cigarette companies and the need for an international convention on the enforcement of mediated settlements. Hao-Jou Fan and Mao-wei Lo, LLM candidates at College of Law, National Taiwan University, report.

ENGLAND: Removing an arbitrator for apparent bias – insights into the Cofely case

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

An aeriel shot of London's Olympic Park

London-based lawyers Vincent Moran QC of Keating Chambers and Paul Thwaite of Stephenson Harwood represented UK construction company Cofely in its successful application to the English Commercial Court for the removal of arbitrator Anthony Bingham from a tribunal on the ground of apparent bias. They discuss the findings and implications of the case.

MEXICO CITY: Fighting corruption

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 Featured In: Volume 11 - Issue 1 (Vol. 11 Iss. 1)

greasy palms

The latest Institute of Transnational Arbitration’s Americas Workshop, which took place in Mexico City in late 2015, analysed the controversial question of how the arbitral process can be used to fight corruption. Rocío González Alcántara L, partner at Ernst & Young, reports.

HOUSTON: “Above-ground” perspectives on energy investments

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 Featured In: Volume 11 - Issue 1 (Vol. 11 Iss. 1)

Charles "Chuck" Davidson of Noble

A conference hosted by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Institute for Energy Law and ICC International Court of Arbitration featured a speech by the former chairman and CEO of Noble Energy on the need for “above ground” risk analysis when making an overseas energy investment and discussion of diversity on arbitral tribunals and whether arbitrators “split the baby”. Ginny Castelan of King & Spalding in Houston reports on behalf of the ITA.

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