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GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: do we need legal experts?

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: do we need legal experts?

20 May 2019

On the eve of this year’s GAR Live Stockholm, we revisit the inquisition panel from last year, 2018, where Jennifer Kirby, Angeline Welsh, Shai Wade, Robin Oldenstam, Tina Cicchetti, Mattias Rosengren and Larry Shore debated the pros and cos of using legal experts to establish the ‘fact’ of any applicable law.

Achmea and the ECT: investor and state perspectives

Achmea and the ECT: investor and state perspectives

17 May 2019

Does the decision by the European Court of Justice in Achmea apply to intra-EU investment disputes under the Energy Charter Treaty? Delegates at GAR Live BITs in Washington, DC heard from lawyers acting for both investors and states on the issue.

GAR Live BITs - in pictures

GAR Live BITs - in pictures

17 May 2019

Pictures from the 5th annual GAR Live BITs in Washington, DC, are now available.

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: how to write an arbitral award

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: how to write an arbitral award

17 May 2019

Session three of GAR Live Stockholm 2018 discussed the art of writing an arbitral award. It touched on some big topics – including, how should one err when it comes to reasoning (too much, too little; more on the facts, less on the law, vice versa?) and is it time to rethink, completely, how we do investment treaty awards?

Park on balance and proportionality

Park on balance and proportionality

16 May 2019

In a lecture in Washington, DC, leading US arbitrator William W Park addressed the question of proportionality when balancing rival objectives of efficiency, fairness, accuracy and enforceability in cross-border arbitration. Daniel Parga, associate at Greenberg Traurig in DC, reports.

Why London?

Why London?

09 May 2019

Panellists at the flagship conference for London International Disputes Week yesterday examined the continuing popularity of London as a seat for international arbitration, the challenges it faces from other jurisdictions and the potential impact of Brexit.

GAR Live London Lookback: is international arbitration at home in Big Law?

GAR Live London Lookback: is international arbitration at home in Big Law?

02 May 2019

Are the big global law firms falling out of love with international arbitration? And, if not, then why are international arbitration boutiques forming - and what role might third-party funding play in dictating whether the boutique or larger-firm model flourishes from here on? These questions formed the basis of last year’s GAR Live London Inquisition.

GAR Live BITs Lookback: should the US government outsource defence of treaty cases?

GAR Live BITs Lookback: should the US government outsource defence of treaty cases?

30 April 2019

Is it time the US government started outsourcing – even in part – investment dispute defence work? The US, after all, is home to some of the most experienced investment arbitration teams in the world. Or is the country getting it right? Are other governments all too often being gamed by their chosen external advisers? These and other questions were debated at last year’s GAR Live BITs inquisition.

GAR Live Lookback: London’s future as a seat

GAR Live Lookback: London’s future as a seat

26 April 2019

International arbitration looks set to be one of the few ‘City’ activities not dented by Brexit – according to a diverse panel at GAR Live London last year that included names from Australia, Singapore and Paris.

Veeder and van den Berg on the future of investment arbitration

Veeder and van den Berg on the future of investment arbitration

11 April 2019

An event marking the official launch of White & Case’s London investment arbitration practice brought together leading arbitrators VV Veeder QC and Albert Jan van den Berg to discuss the future of investment arbitration. White & Case’s Agnieszka Zarowna reports.