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GAR Live London Lookback: Sanctions – a triangular look

GAR Live London Lookback: Sanctions – a triangular look

23 April 2018

Consider the following, not-impossible scenario. An arbitration in Switzerland, with UK and Iranian parties. The arbitrators are from France, Belgium and India. Do any sanctions apply? Would your answer change if one of the arbitrators were from the US? Such questions were discussed at last year’s GAR Live London, guided by Hans van Houtte, then president of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

Harvard event considers ISDS and more

Harvard event considers ISDS and more

23 April 2018

The recent Harvard International Arbitration Conference featured keynotes by Chevron’s general counsel Hewitt Pate and Jan Paulsson and discussion of the role of in-house counsel and the future of investor-state dispute settlement among other topics.

"Let there be light"

"Let there be light"

20 April 2018

The mood of this week’s ICCA conferences has been one of “concerned introspection” and the theme the legitimacy of arbitration “with its darker undercurrent of illegitimacy”, Sir Bernard Rix has told delegates at the second event in New Zealand – arguing it is time for the process to become more transparent.

ICCA welcomes new president as congress draws to a close

ICCA welcomes new president as congress draws to a close

18 April 2018

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler has become the first female president of ICCA, with Donald Donovan handing over the reins to her at the close of the organisation’s congress in Sydney, which also featured a keynote by the chief justice of New South Wales.

ICCA-Queen Mary task force releases funding report

ICCA-Queen Mary task force releases funding report

17 April 2018

A joint task force of ICCA and the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London has unveiled the final draft of its long-awaited report on third-party funding, on the second day of the ICCA Congress in Sydney.

ICCA Congress begins in Sydney

ICCA Congress begins in Sydney

16 April 2018

UPDATED. The 24th International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress has got underway in Sydney, with addresses by ICCA president Donald Donovan and others, sessions on the theme of "evolution and adaptation" and the launch of a new damages app.

GAR Live Lookback: Abu Dhabi - the rise of the offshore option in the Middle East: Is the approach working out?

GAR Live Lookback: Abu Dhabi - the rise of the offshore option in the Middle East: Is the approach working out?

09 April 2018

At a GAR Live Abu Dhabi in 2017, the chief executives from the DIFC Courts and the ADGM Courts debated whether court or arbitration is now the superior option in the region, in a lively roundtable session.

Shopping opportunities – OECD looks at investment treaties

Shopping opportunities – OECD looks at investment treaties

04 April 2018

The OECD’s latest conference on investment treaties in Paris considered whether most-favoured nation clauses should be eliminated because of their susceptibility to abuse, as well as the phenomenon of treaty shopping in investment arbitration and recent initiatives on the part of state negotiators to address it.

Paulsson: things I didn’t learn in school

Paulsson: things I didn’t learn in school

28 March 2018

Jan Paulsson has told a conference at Harvard Law School some lessons he "didn't learn in school", relating to the clash of cultures in international arbitration, soft law and the purpose of investment treaties.

Paranoia about paranoia? GAR Live Atlanta looks at due process

Paranoia about paranoia? GAR Live Atlanta looks at due process

27 March 2018

A panel at GAR Live Atlanta discussed “due process paranoia” – asking whether it is a real problem or there is just “paranoia about paranoia” and, if it does exist, whether it is guided by genuine concern about awards being challenged or by arbitrators’ economic interests.