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AMSTERDAM: Social practices are the problem

Friday, 30 January 2015

The Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam, a branch of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg

In a keynote speech in Amsterdam, Zachary Douglas argued that the arbitration community must revise its “social practices” and expectations, not its rules and guidelines, to address concerns about delay in the process and spiralling costs. Marc Krestin and Georgios Fasfalis of Linklaters report.

TURKEY: At the crossroads of Europe and Asia

Friday, 23 January 2015

Istanbul

Istanbul is establishing an international arbitration centre, as part of a plan to develop the city as a financial hub at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Clyde & Co’s Ben Knowles and Iain Rowlands consider the centre’s prospects in an increasingly competitive market, and especially whether the government is doing enough to show its independence and impartiality.

TAIPEI: Sleepy arbitrators

Friday, 16 January 2015

Sleepy arbitrator

A conference in Taipei last year addressed the selection of arbitrators – and how to deal with ones who are sleepy, ailing or confused – the potential conflict between international arbitration and public policy and the global enforcement of mediated settlement agreements. Alyson Joy Akoka of the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne reports.

Schreuer addresses German forum

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Christoph Schreuer

Investment arbitration is at a critical juncture, heard a German discussion forum that included a keynote speech from one of the field's pioneers, Christoph Schreuer of the University of Vienna. Sebastian Müller of King & Spalding in Frankfurt reports.

The Singapore International Commercial Court: friend or foe?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Singapore Supreme Court; the Singapore International Commercial Court will sit in the same building

The opening of the legal year in Singapore saw the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Sundaresh Menon, officially launch the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). Alastair Henderson, Gitta Satryani, and Emmanuel Chua of Herbert Smith Freehills in Singapore explain how the court adapts international arbitration practice and consider whether it should be seen as a benefit or threat.

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; arbitrating in London and Moscow; 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.

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