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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, explain why a Singaporean court was wrong to set aside a jurisdictional decision in an investment treaty case against Laos earlier this year.

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

Wednesday, 11 March 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.

Arbitrators, rejoice: the increasingly exorbitant cost of the English Commercial Court

Friday, 6 March 2015

The Rolls Building at 110 Fetter Lane, London

Matthew Parish, the English founder and managing partner of Gentium Law Group in Geneva, considers a 576 per cent price hike in the cost of commencing a claim before the Commercial Court in London – arguing that the new fee, combined with other hidden costs of litigating in the UK capital, present a golden opportunity for arbitration.

NEW ZEALAND: Court confirms power to compel evidence in foreign arbitrations

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Wellington at dawn

Kim Francis, partner at Meredith Connell in Wellington, reports on a New Zealand High Court decision compelling a witness to give evidence in an LCIA arbitration seated in London.

An Arab Spring of treaty arbitration?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 Featured In: Volume 10 - Issue 1 (Vol. 10 Iss. 1)

The Arab Spring is just one of several factors that have contributed to the increased participation in investment treaty arbitration of Middle Eastern and North African companies and states, argued speakers at GAR Live Dubai. Kyriaki Karadelis and Alison Ross report.

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