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GAR Live Hong Kong Lookback: Asia’s overlapping investment treaties, chaos or cohesion?

GAR Live Hong Kong Lookback: Asia’s overlapping investment treaties, chaos or cohesion?

15 August 2018

Asia is curious in treaty terms in that any pair of Asian states can be bound by multiple competing pacts. And often those treaties will overlap and even contradict. How has this “noodle soup” of treaties occurred, and what does it mean in practical terms?

Taipei gathering discusses institutional v ad hoc distinction

Taipei gathering discusses institutional v ad hoc distinction

10 August 2018

Ahead of the next Taipei International Conference on Arbitration and Mediation later this month, Winnie Jo-Mei Ma, deputy secretary general of the Chinese Arbitration Association in Taiwan looks back on the last event on the distinction between institutional and ad hoc arbitration.

Market trends and legal issues in third-party funding

Market trends and legal issues in third-party funding

08 August 2018

An event in London organised by Withers addressed third-party funding of international arbitration in the wake of the recommendations in the ICCA-Queen Mary report. Uliana Cooke of Withers in London reports

GAR Live Hong Kong Lookback: Too much information?

GAR Live Hong Kong Lookback: Too much information?

07 August 2018

The last GAR Live Hong Kong closed with an ‘inquisition’ exploring the pros and cons of exposing more information about the inner workings of international arbitration to daylight. In ‘Too much information?’ a panel led by Lord Goldsmith QC examined whether arbitrator research tools are a bad idea and whether more arbitral awards should be published.

Costs, conduct and continuity: institutions should take the lead, says Menon

Costs, conduct and continuity: institutions should take the lead, says Menon

26 July 2018

In a speech at this year’s SIAC Congress, Singapore’s Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon spoke of the special role of arbitral institutions in shaping the future of international arbitration and identified three challenges for them: tackling the problems of costs and poor professional conduct and ensuring continuity of the process through developing future generations of practitioners.

AfricArb launches in Paris

AfricArb launches in Paris

20 July 2018

After being dreamt up during Paris Arbitration Week, a new non-profit organisation of young practitioners named AfricaArb has launched in the French capital, with the aim of furthering the development of arbitration as an efficient and accessible method of dispute resolution in Africa.

Is it the president who decides?

Is it the president who decides?

11 July 2018

For the latest Best Friends Debate in Paris, a panel of speakers discussed how arbitral tribunals work and reach their decisions and whether it is the president who determines the outcome.

African Arbitration Association launched

African Arbitration Association launched

11 July 2018

The African Arbitration Association has been launched at an event in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, a development that has been heralded by the International Court of Justice’s president, Somalian Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, as “the coming of age of the arbitration profession in Africa.”

Paris young construction group celebrates first birthday

26 June 2018

The Young Professionals of Construction in Paris has marked its first birthday with its third event in a year.

Arbitrators share views on Belt and Road and more

Arbitrators share views on Belt and Road and more

14 June 2018

A panel of arbitrators at GAR Live Singapore considered how the shift in economic power from west to east and China’s Belt and Road initiative will change arbitration, whether more use should be made of tribunal-appointed experts and how the legalisation of third-party funding has affected the region.