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"A judicial land grab"? GAR Live reacts to Lord Chief Justice's proposal

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Lord Thomas

The latest GAR Live London saw delegates react to the proposal of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales that the courts’ power to review points of law in international arbitration be expanded so that the development of the common law in the commercial field is not stifled.

Kirby issues emergency order in Mexican port dispute

Thursday, 26 May 2016

A container ship in Puerto Lázaro Cárdenas

Paris-based arbitrator Jennifer Kirby has issued an order under the ICC’s emergency arbitrator procedure in favour of Mexican construction group ICA in a dispute over a terminated contract to build a port terminal.

GAR Live London: in pictures

Thursday, 26 May 2016

GAR Live London was held on 18 May at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and was co-chaired by Sylvia Noury of Freshfields and Jason Fry of Clifford Chance. Photos of the event are now available.

Egyptian gas claims clear hurdle

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


An ICSID tribunal has ruled that the pursuit of claims worth US$7 billion by a group of gas investors against Egypt in multiple arbitrations is not an abuse of process but that some of their treaty claims can only be brought in one forum.

Liberia not liable for award against state entity

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


A US appeal court has blocked an Israel-based contractor’s attempt to make Liberia pay out on a US$44 million award rendered against its national port authority.

HSF partner moves firms in Australia

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bronwyn Lincoln

Bronwyn Lincoln, who led the international arbitration group of Australian law firm Freehills before it became part of Herbert Smith Freehills in 2012, has left the merged firm to join Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne.

SICC hands down first judgment

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Singapore's Supreme Court building, home to the Singapore International Commercial Court

The Singapore International Commercial Court has handed down its first judgment in a dispute arising from Indonesian coal production – with the jury still out on whether the court will challenge the dominant position of international arbitration in Singapore.

Schwebel criticises EU act of "appeasement"

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Schwebel has observed developments in investment arbitration since the 1950s

Leading US arbitrator Stephen M Schwebel has criticised the European Commission's proposal to replace investor-state arbitration with a permanent investment court, calling it "appeasement" of critics which creates a risk of bias in favour of states.

DLA Piper hires new partner in Dubai and promotes two others

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Ramsey Jurdi, Paul Smith and May Ng

Middle Eastern construction disputes specialist Ramsey Jurdi has joined the partnership of DLA Piper’s Dubai office, while the firm has promoted Paul Smith in London and May Ng in Hong Kong.

AES moves to enforce Argentine gas exports award

Monday, 23 May 2016

AES in Brazil

Argentina’s national oil and gas company YPF is facing US enforcement proceedings after an ICC tribunal ordered it to pay US$504 million plus interest for breaching contracts relating to the export of natural gas to Brazil.

King & Spalding names new Asia disputes head

Monday, 23 May 2016

Wade Coriell

King and Spalding’s deputy head of international arbitration Wade Coriell is relocating from Houston to Singapore to lead the firm’s Asia disputes practice – replacing John Savage, who will now divide his time between Singapore and London.

Mattos Filho makes up new partner

Monday, 23 May 2016

Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa

Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa, a regional coordinator for the ICC’s Young Arbitrators Forum, has been promoted to the partnership at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga in Rio de Janeiro.

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