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GAR Live Abu Dhabi - in pictures

GAR Live Abu Dhabi - in pictures

16 February 2018

GAR Live Abu Dhabi took place on 7 February at the Abu Dhabi Global Market Building, the headquarters of the emirate’s freezone. A speakers’ dinner the night before was hosted by Shearman & Sterling.

Call me maybe? GAR Live Abu Dhabi puts spotlight on bonds and guarantees

Call me maybe? GAR Live Abu Dhabi puts spotlight on bonds and guarantees

15 February 2018

Bonds have been described as the “lifeblood of international commerce”. A panel at GAR Live Abu Dhabi discovered the role of bonds and guarantees in the United Arab Emirates and beyond, looking at the pros and cons for both the employer and contractor in a construction contract.

What to expect in Sydney - ICCA insights from Kalicki and Abdel Raouf

What to expect in Sydney - ICCA insights from Kalicki and Abdel Raouf

09 February 2018

The Sydney Olympics was famously described by Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch as the “best ever”. Will the ICCA Congress in Sydney in April deserve a similar accolade? The programme committee chairs Jean Kalicki and Mohamed Abdel Raouf tell GAR what delegates have in store.

GAR Live Lookback: Abu Dhabi - How to *avoid* construction arbitration

GAR Live Lookback: Abu Dhabi - How to *avoid* construction arbitration

02 February 2018

Ahead of GAR Live Abu Dhabi next week, we look back on a session at last year's event which offered a twist on the usual construction arbitration panel, inspired by its Middle Eastern locale.

GAR Live Lookback: Energy Disputes - Is there any law in gas pricing arbitration?

GAR Live Lookback: Energy Disputes - Is there any law in gas pricing arbitration?

25 January 2018

GAR Live Energy 2017 closed with a heated debate of the motion – “This house believes that there’s no law in gas pricing arbitration”.

GAR Live Lookback: Istanbul - How to 'do' third-party funding

GAR Live Lookback: Istanbul - How to 'do' third-party funding

19 January 2018

How to ‘do’ third-party funding was the question behind session three of GAR Live Istanbul 2017. Guided by Mark Beckett, partner at Cooley and co-chair of the conference, the panel delved into funding's inner workings, offering a rare glimpse of how it works in real life.

Brower warns against monstrous court proposal

Brower warns against monstrous court proposal

12 January 2018

Charles Brower has warned of the folly of the proposed international investment court – "a 15-headed Hydra" – and questioned why organisations and individuals that have been leaders in developing the investor-state dispute settlement‎ regime are now seeking to bring about its demise.

GAR Live Lookback: London - Do arbitrators make international law?

GAR Live Lookback: London - Do arbitrators make international law?

09 January 2018

In a new style of session introduced at GAR Live London - the GAR Live Inquisition - David Rivkin QC and Lisa Bingham grilled Audley Sheppard QC, Duncan Matthews QC, Wendy Miles QC and Alejandro Escobar on whether arbitrators ‘make’ international law. Read our edited transcript of the spirited exchange.

Should acting judges sit as arbitrators?

Should acting judges sit as arbitrators?

03 January 2018

Soon after the release of a report revealing the extent to which members of the bench of the International Court of Justice moonlight as arbitrators, an event in London considered whether acting judges should be allowed to sit on tribunals – with a focus on national judges.

There's "no alternative" to investment arbitration, says Schreuer

There's "no alternative" to investment arbitration, says Schreuer

22 December 2017

In a keynote speech in Prague, leading Austrian arbitrator Christoph Schreuer has argued that “there is no alternative” to investment arbitration and expressed doubts about the EU’s proposals for a permanent court to hear investor-state disputes.