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Griffith not biased against funders, rules panel

Friday, 24 October 2014

Gavan Griffith was appointed by St Lucia to the ICSID tribunal

Australian arbitrator Gavan Griffith QC will continue to hear an ICSID claim brought by US oil company RSM against St Lucia, after a challenge to his position on the tribunal based on his alleged bias against third-party funders and their clients was rejected.

Smart-arbitrating

Friday, 24 October 2014

iPhone 6 came on sale in New York as a GAR Live panel discussed innovation in arbitration

As Apple launched the state-of-the-art iPhone 6 at its flagship New York store in September, a GAR Live panel just a few blocks down Fifth Avenue was examining innovations to make arbitration smarter.

Alvarez award gets short shrift in Paris

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Guadeloupe

UPDATED. The Court of Appeal in Paris has held that a partial award from 2011 is unenforceable in France because Canadian arbitrator Henri Alvarez QC failed to fully disclose a conflict of interest in the Barbados-seated arbitration relating to Guadeloupe in the French West Indies.

Who will serve under Rivkin at the IBA?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The gardens of Tokyo's Hotel Chinzanso, where the event was held

Debevoise & Plimpton's co-chair of international dispute resolution David W Rivkin was today named as the next president of the IBA. GAR reports on other arbitration specialists appointed to leadership roles in Tokyo and the arbitration committee's plans for 2015.

Rivkin named next IBA president

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Rivkin delivering the Clayton Utz lecture in 2012

The co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s international dispute resolution group, David W Rivkin, has been elected as president of the International Bar Association.

Mauritania faces first ICSID claim

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The flag of Mauritania, an Islamic state

The west African state of Mauritania has been hit with its first ICSID claim over the cancellation of an iron ore mining licence.

ICC panel turns down Bolivian annulment request

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Newly re-elected Bolivian President Evo Morales and Naveen Jindal

An ICC tribunal last week rejected a request by a Bolivian state entity to annul a US$22.5 million award rendered in August in favour of India’s Jindal Steel & Power.

IBA to approve revised guidelines on conflicts of interest

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The new guidelines were previewed at the IBA's annual conference in Tokyo

The International Bar Association is poised to approve revisions to its Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration, including new provisions dealing with third-party funding.

Singapore firm hires from Norton Rose Fulbright

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Chuan Tat Yeo

Singaporean firm Oon & Bazul has recruited a partner from Norton Rose Fulbright, Chuan Tat Yeo.

Diplomat joins BakerHostetler in US

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Jeffry Duffy

After nearly eight years as a diplomat for the US Department of State, Jeffry Duffy has joined the Philadelphia office of BakerHostetler as a specialist in complex commercial litigation and international disputes, including international antitrust arbitration.

Is Asia ahead of the game?

Monday, 20 October 2014

HKIAC Secretary General Chiann Bao and Debevoise & Plimpton's Lord Goldsmith

Which are the most innovative and disappointing jurisdictions in Asia when it comes to international arbitration; and what have been the most important decisions and institutional developments in the region in the past year? Delegates at GAR Live Hong Kong shared their views.

Rusal prevails in Nigerian smelter case

Monday, 20 October 2014

ALSCON's aluminium smelting plant, Nigeria

An LCIA panel has issued a consent award in favour of a UK subsidiary of Rusal in a case over the title to the country’s only aluminium smelter.

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