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Fortier on the cola wars

Fortier on the cola wars

18 October 2019

At a lecture in Washington, DC, Canadian arbitrator Yves Fortier QC invoked the “cola wars” of the 1980s to argue that arbitration should resist calls to change the beloved formula that is the key to its success. Michelle Avrutin, JD student at American University Washington College of Law, reports.

London says farewell to Francisco Orrego Vicuña

London says farewell to Francisco Orrego Vicuña

10 October 2019

A symposium in London last week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Chilean arbitrator Francisco Orrego Vicuña by celebrating his contribution to international law. Benjamín Silva, a visiting attorney at Baker Botts in London, reports.

GAR Live Vienna Lookback: is document production a waste of time?

GAR Live Vienna Lookback: is document production a waste of time?

07 October 2019

It’s often assumed common lawyers have an advantage over civil lawyers in any dispute that entails document production. But GAR Live Vienna 2018 heard it is in fact the common lawyer who really suffers at such times – and for whom engaging in discovery with a civil law opponent will be at best pointless and at worst self-sabotage.

Mourre warns against “nationalisation” of arbitration

Mourre warns against “nationalisation” of arbitration

13 September 2019

In a keynote address at GAR Live Istanbul, ICC International Court of Arbitration president Alexis Mourre called for arbitral institutions to safeguard their legitimacy by agreeing on internationally accepted standards of good governance – while warning of the dangers of recent attempts by governments to “nationalise” arbitration by promoting domestic institutions.

GAR Live Istanbul - in pictures

GAR Live Istanbul - in pictures

13 September 2019

Pictures from the 7th annual GAR Live Istanbul are now available.

McLachlan: the assault on international adjudication

McLachlan: the assault on international adjudication

11 September 2019

Delivering the 2019 Lalive Lecture, New Zealand arbitrator Campbell McLachlan QC examined the important role that international lawyers, scholars and states have to play in defending international adjudication against the recent backlash it has faced. Augustin Barrier and Lea Murphy of Lalive report

Can India become an arbitral hub?

Can India become an arbitral hub?

06 September 2019

At GAR’s inaugural conference in Mumbai, panellists debated whether India could establish itself as an internationally accepted arbitral centre within the next five years.

BIICL seminar marks launch of Hong Kong office

05 September 2019

A seminar in Hong Kong marking the launch of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law’s first Asian office addressed common and civil law approaches to arbitration, investment structuring in light of Chinese BITs, and questions of damages and corruption that arise in investor-state disputes. Ella Wardlaw of Allen & Overy in Hong Kong reports

An ICJ judge on bias in international adjudication

An ICJ judge on bias in international adjudication

22 August 2019

Delivering the second annual lecture co-sponsored by Arnold & Porter and the University of Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Judge Joan Donoghue of the International Court of Justice addressed bias in international adjudication and arbitration.

GAR Live Singapore Lookback: to split or not to split?

GAR Live Singapore Lookback: to split or not to split?

15 August 2019

Session three of last year’s GAR Live Singapore considered bifurcation from every angle, seeking to answer the question “to split, or not to split?”. In the run up to this year’s GAR Live Singapore, we look back at that debate.