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Will India open up?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

New Delhi's India Gate

Departing from a long-held stance, the Bar Council of India has agreed to allow foreign law firms to provide legal services in international arbitration cases seated in India.

Volterra Fietta hires Canadian government lawyer

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Christophe Bondy

After eight years as senior counsel and deputy director of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, Canada’s Christophe Bondy is joining Volterra Fietta in London as the firm’s fifth partner.

NAFTA award faces challenge in Canada

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The dispute concerned a quarry and marine terminal project in terminal in Whites Point in Digby Neck, Nova Scotia.

Canada has applied to its Federal Court to set aside a NAFTA award that held the state liable for the rejection of a quarry project in the wake of an environmental review.

Welcome to AfrICCA – registration opens for Mauritius 2016

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The homepage of the  ICCA Mauritius 2016 website -

From 8 to 11 May 2016, Mauritius will host the first ICCA Congress to take place in Africa, with international arbitration and the rule of law as its theme. Registration opens tomorrow and subsidies will be available to enable nationals of African states to attend.

India says no to Cairn tax arbitration

Monday, 29 June 2015

Cairn India's drilling site in Rajasthan

India has responded to Scottish oil company Cairn Energy’s request for arbitration over a US$1.6 billion tax bill, saying that the UK-India bilateral investment treaty does not provide for arbitration of taxation disputes.

Baker & McKenzie promotes in Asia

Monday, 29 June 2015

Bryan Ng, Mia Carmela, and Pradthanaadt Ratanatanungpong

Baker & McKenzie’s 83 new partners promoted last week include practitioners with arbitration experience in Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok, signaling that the firm known best for its Latin American arbitration work has an eye on expansion in Asia as well.

Python & Peter lawyers join Pestalozzi

Monday, 29 June 2015

Thomas Legler and Beat Mumenthaler

After the departures of practice head Wolfgang Peter and partner Sébastian Besson, two other litigation and arbitration practitioners have left Python & Peter and joined Pestalozzi.

A centre at the centre of the world

Friday, 26 June 2015

A mosaic in the Hagia Sophia shows Constantine the Great in the nativity scene with a representation of Constantinople, which he is presenting to Jesus Christ

Istanbul is the centre of the world, if you accept the decree of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century – but is a favourable geographic position enough to ensure the success of the city's new arbitration centre?

Adams gets his ambassadorship

Friday, 26 June 2015

Adams's official ambassador portrait photo

Charles Adams, former head of international arbitration at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, has been confirmed as the next US ambassador to Finland.

Canadian arbitrator moves to Quebec bench

Friday, 26 June 2015

Babak Barin

Canadian barrister and international arbitrator Babak Barin, who featured in GAR’s first 45 under 45 in 2006, is one of 11 new justices appointed to the bench in Quebec.

Japanese investor joins solar claim bandwagon

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Japan's JGC Corporation has brought the claim

The latest ICSID claim filed against Spain over subsidy cuts in the solar power sector is thought to be the centre's first from a Japanese investor.

Python & Peter founder heads for pastures new

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wolfgang Peter

After 34 years with Python & Peter, Swiss arbitrator and practitioner Wolfgang Peter is leaving the firm he founded and striking out with a team of five lawyers.

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