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How Egypt “aced the test of the Arab Spring”

How Egypt “aced the test of the Arab Spring”

17 December 2018

Speaking at a conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo-based arbitration specialist Karim Youssef has called for the elimination of stigma surrounding investment treaty arbitration, arguing that the numerous cases brought against Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring and the state's reaction to them show the process working well.

Achmea, viewed from Japan

Achmea, viewed from Japan

06 December 2018

The Investment Treaty Arbitration Committee of the Japan Association of Arbitrators has held its first event in Tokyo in conjunction with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre – including discussion of how Asian jurisdictions should respond to Achmea and other recent developments in Europe.

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: the impact of culture – how well does IA handle differences?

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: the impact of culture – how well does IA handle differences?

13 November 2018

To what extent is international arbitration shaped by the culture of its participants, whether arbitrator, counsel or client? Are differences acknowledged and accommodated or swept under the carpet? Such questions were at the heart of the first session of GAR Live Dubai 2017.

GAR Live Hong Kong - in pictures

GAR Live Hong Kong - in pictures

12 November 2018

GAR Live Hong Kong was held at the offices of the HKIAC in Exchange Square, Hong Kong and forms part of Hong Kong Arbitration Week. Sponsors included Freshfields, Warde Advogadoes, Clyde & Co, Debevoise & Plimpton, Jingtian & Gongcheng, Fangda Partners and Llinks Law Offices.

The Belt and Road imbalance under scrutiny at GAR Live

The Belt and Road imbalance under scrutiny at GAR Live

12 November 2018

A panel at GAR Live Hong Kong discussed the imbalance of power in the negotiation of contracts related to China’s Belt and Road plan and whether it can be mitigated.

Fired up by technology?

Fired up by technology?

09 November 2018

The latest Dutch Arbitration Day considered the use of technology in international arbitration and whether practitioners in the field are too conservative to embrace innovations such as artificial intelligence – with a “heat map” to track audience reactions as the day progressed.

Kahale on the “new age of the megacase”

Kahale on the “new age of the megacase”

08 November 2018

In a keynote speech in Prague, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle chairman George Kahale III argued that investor-state dispute settlement is a deeply flawed system that should be dismantled completely or rebuilt from scratch – with a focus on deficiencies in how tribunals deal with quantum in the “new age of the megacase”. Jaroslav Kudrna and Anna Bilanová of the Czech Ministry of Finance report.

Hong Kong cherishes foreign lawyers, says Cheng – amid proposed restrictions

Hong Kong cherishes foreign lawyers, says Cheng – amid proposed restrictions

01 November 2018

Hong Kong’s justice minister Teresa Cheng SC has told delegates at Hong Kong Arbitration Week that the special administrative region “cherishes” its foreign lawyers – but declined to comment on proposals by its law society to restrict the number of foreign qualified lawyers that law firms are allowed to hire.

The enforcement challenge under the spotlight

31 October 2018

Enforcement is the “single most important challenge” facing arbitration today, said Emmanuel Gaillard, at the opening of the latest conference of the International Arbitration Institute, which focused on enforcement against states. Margaret Clare Ryan, senior associate at Shearman & Sterling, reports on the two-day conference that covered procedural and strategic considerations, the piercing of the corporate veil and laws on sovereign immunity in several jurisdictions.

Enforcement strategies considered in Amsterdam

Enforcement strategies considered in Amsterdam

Premium article - 31 October 2018

A conference in Amsterdam looked at strategies that can be adopted at the outset of a dispute where enforcement of foreign arbitral awards is likely to be an issue and at current challenges and controversies related to enforcement. Mathieu Raas of Baker McKenzie in Amsterdam reports.