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Lamb leaves Debevoise for Latham

Friday, 27 May 2016

Sophie Lamb

Sophie Lamb is leaving Debevoise & Plimpton after eight years to head the development of Latham & Watkins’ international arbitration practice in London.

Shell takes Nigerian oil award to New York

Friday, 27 May 2016

Oil rig at sunset

An oil consortium led by Royal Dutch Shell has applied to a US court to enforce a US$1.4 billion award against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, four years after a court in Abuja ordered the suspension of the underlying arbitration.

SIAC marks silver jubilee with new rules

Friday, 27 May 2016

Singapore's Marina Bay

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre has marked its 25th anniversary by unveiling a new set of arbitration rules.

GAR Live lookback: force majeure and the impossibility to perform – shades of grey

Friday, 27 May 2016

Grant Hanessian, Gabrielle Nater-Bass and Philippe Pinsolle

Force majeure clauses don’t change much contract to contract – yet national laws can differ widely on the same. Should force majeure clauses always be interpreted the same way – or is that simply impossible? This and other fundamental questions for oil and gas players were debated in detail by Philippe Pinsolle and his panel at GAR Live Energy Disputes 2015.

"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

Cairo

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

Monrovia

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.

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