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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.

UNITED STATES: The rise of the emergency arbitrator

Monday, 23 February 2015

Luis Perez, co-chair of the Latin America and Caribbean practice at Akerman, and Francisco Rodriguez, partner in Miami, consider recent US case law on the enforceability of emergency arbitration awards.

BOOK REVIEW: Toward a New Federal Law on Arbitration

Friday, 20 February 2015


Author: Thomas Carbonneau. Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2014. Reviewed by George Bermann, professor at Columbia Law School in New York

BOOK REVIEW: Regionalism in International Investment Law

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Editors: Leon Trakman and Nicola Ranieri.Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2013. Reviewed by Jawad Ahmad, foreign lawyer at Rajah & Tann in Singapore

MONEY COLUMN: Is third-party funding only for claimants?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Mark Kantor, an independent arbitrator in Washington, DC, considers how respondents in international arbitrations can avail themselves of third-party funding in the form of insurance products.

Out of the shadows

Friday, 13 February 2015

Out of the shadows

Russia’s challenge to the Yukos awards has made the appropriate use of arbitral secretaries the issue of the day. An event in London convened by six young arbitration groups shone a light on the role they do and should play. Khaled Moyeed of Clyde & Co in London reports.

TREATY COLUMN: Third ICSID tribunal allows multi-party claim in bond default case

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Matthew Weiniger QC and Aaron McDonald, partner and associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in London, consider the ICSID decision in Alemanni v Argentina to dismiss the majority of the respondent's preliminary objections to claims brought by 74 bondholders.

HOUSTON: Recent trends in international energy disputes

Monday, 9 February 2015

A conference jointly organised by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Institute for Energy Law reviewed recent trends in international arbitration of energy disputes and the growing phenomenon of arbitrator challenges based on “issue conflicts”. Carlton Forbes of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Washington, DC, reports

Singapore tackles the corruption beast

Thursday, 5 February 2015

No to corruption

After expanding its dispute resolution offering to include an new international commercial court and mediation centre, Singapore is looking to tackle the beast of bribery and corruption. Wilson Ang and Darius Chan, partner and senior associate of Norton Rose Fulbright, report on its efforts – in part a response to the city state’s slide in a well known corruption perceptions index.

The Yukos tribunal’s independent approach to damages

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Kevin Haywood Crouch, director of forensic services at professional services firm BDO, explores the approach to damages in last year’s US$50 billion award in favour of former shareholders in Yukos Oil Company, including the tribunal’s criticisms of some of the claimants’ valuation methods.

SLOVAKIA: New legislation for Central European tiger

Tuesday, 3 February 2015


A recent amendment to the Slovakian Arbitration Act makes it the second country in Central Europe to achieve full compliance with the 2006 version of the Model Law, after Slovenia. Martin Magál, Juraj Gyárfáš and Michal Porubský of Allen & Overy in Bratislava report.

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.

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