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COPENHAGEN: New challenges in energy disputes

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Copenhagen's skyline

An energy arbitration-focused conference in Copenhagen looked at corruption, the Arctic, stabilisation and renegotiation clauses, and the emerging hostility towards investor-state dispute mechanisms in new bilateral treaties. Jan Schaefer, a partner at King & Spalding in Frankfurt, reports.

UK: A breakthrough for financial services arbitration?

Monday, 29 September 2014

The City of London - the UK's centre of financial services

Nicholas Peacock, Dominic Kennelly and Emily Blanshard of Herbert Smith Freehills in London consider the arbitral award and judgment of the English High Court in Travis Coal Restructured Holdings LLC v Essar Global Fund Ltd – which suggest that summary procedures may be available to tribunals in appropriate cases – and their implications for the use of arbitration by banks and other financial institutions.

An international arbitration tribunal on business and human rights?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

John Ruggie

Antony Crockett and Yi-Shun Teoh of Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong consider a proposal for the creation of an international tribunal on business and human rights, to improve access to justice and ensure corporate accountability.

QATAR: Court of Cassation relies on New York Convention to reinstate award

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became Emir of Qatar in June 2013 after his father's abdication. Aged 34, he is the world's youngest reigning monarch.

Matthew Walker and Darran Jenkins, partner and associate at K&L Gates in Doha, report on the Qatar Court of Cassation’s recognition of a party’s right to seek enforcement of an award by relying on the New York Convention.

When Asia and Africa meet

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

An advert for South Africa's Engen Petroleum, which is 80 per cent owned by Malaysia's Petronas

Hogan Lovells lawyers Jonathan Leach in Singapore, Markus Burgstaller in London and Thomas Kendra in Paris consider how Asian investors can best protect their investments in Africa, with a focus on three jurisdictions: South Africa, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Where corruption rears its ugly head

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Ruth Cowley and Andrew Reeves, partner and associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in London, discuss the impact of corruption on arbitration in light of recent awards and court judgments.

PHNOM PENH: Preparing to administer arbitrations

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s new commercial arbitration centre has announced that it is ready to accept its first cases. Samuel Seow and Jawad Ahmad of Rajah & Tann in Singapore and GAR’s Kyriaki Karadelis report on an event in Phnom Penh at which the development was discussed.

Guidelines for counsel: the LCIA takes a stand

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tom Cummins

Tom Cummins, senior associate at Ashurst, reports on the novel provisions in the 2014 LCIA Rules concerning conduct of party representatives.

BOOK REVIEW: Procedure and Evidence in International Arbitration

Friday, 22 August 2014


Author: Jeffrey Waincymer Publisher: Kluwer Law International, 2012 Reviewed by Simon Greenberg, partner at Clifford Chance in Paris, with grateful acknowledgement of the assistance of Niyati Ghandi in preparing this review

Investment arbitration in the belly of an economic tiger

Friday, 15 August 2014 Featured In: Volume 9 - Issue 4 (Vol. 9 Iss. 4)


Turkey is an “economic tiger” and one of the world’s most prolific signatories of investment treaties, having entered into almost 100 over the past two decades. Speakers at the recent GAR Live Istanbul considered how the country measures up in the field of investment arbitration

Eastern promise

Friday, 15 August 2014 Featured In: Volume 9 - Issue 4 (Vol. 9 Iss. 4)

It's Turkish tradition to predict the future from your coffee dregs (Credit: Turkish Coffee US)

A law establishing a new international arbitration centre in Istanbul could be passed imminently, said speakers at the latest GAR Live in the city, as they shared their optimism about Turkey’s improving arbitration and enforcement regimes. Kyriaki Karadelis reports

Are treaty parties clawing back investment protections?

Friday, 15 August 2014 Featured In: Volume 9 - Issue 4 (Vol. 9 Iss. 4)

Patrick Pearsall, Rudolf Dolzer, Claudia Annacker and Nikos Lavranos

The EU is embracing a North American model of investment protection in its treaty negotiations that risks politicising investor-state disputes by limiting tribunals’ interpretive powers, GAR Live Frankfurt heard. Sebastian Perry reports

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