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GAR Live Singapore Lookback: to split or not to split?

GAR Live Singapore Lookback: to split or not to split?

15 August 2019

Session three of last year’s GAR Live Singapore considered bifurcation from every angle, seeking to answer the question “to split, or not to split?”. In the run up to this year’s GAR Live Singapore, we look back at that debate.

What next for Asia Pacific?

What next for Asia Pacific?

15 August 2019

On the eve of the signing of the Singapore Mediation Convention, an IBA event in the city-state considered the shift in global and economic power to the Asia-Pacific region and its implications for arbitral practice. Anand Shankar Tiwari and Wong Yan Yee of WongPartnership report

GAR Live Singapore Lookback: Power of the institution vs party autonomy

GAR Live Singapore Lookback: Power of the institution vs party autonomy

13 August 2019

Arbitral institutions are increasingly becoming the custodians of international arbitration’s ‘brand’. But that raises a question: to what extent do they have power to save parties from poor choices – to protect the international arbitration product’s good name? Should they be given more powers? Session four of GAR Live Singapore 2018 explored this conundrum.

The role of state parties in contract-based arbitration

The role of state parties in contract-based arbitration

06 August 2019

A conference in Washington, DC organised by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the American Society of International Law examined the theory and practice of contract-based investment and commercial arbitration involving state actors. Gabriela Lopez of White & Case reports.

GAR Live Mumbai 2019 - in pictures

GAR Live Mumbai 2019 - in pictures

08 July 2019

Photos from GAR's inaugural GAR Live Mumbai are now available.

Best Friends debate efficiency in Paris

Best Friends debate efficiency in Paris

05 July 2019

At the Best Friends debate in Paris, speakers discussed real or perceived inefficiencies that can plague an arbitration and how different stakeholders in the process can tackle these issues.

England’s long history of support for arbitration

England’s long history of support for arbitration

05 July 2019

Delivering the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ annual Roebuck lecture in London, Stavros Brekoulakis addressed the “unwavering” pro-arbitration policy under English law, which he suggested is not a product of the past 50 years, as is often argued, but in fact dates back centuries. Mercy McBrayer, CIArb research and academic affairs manager, reports.

Why California?

Why California?

01 July 2019

An event at Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco office considered California’s prospects as a seat for international arbitration in the wake of a recent amendment explicitly allowing foreign attorneys to appear in the Golden State.

GAR Live Energy Lookback: the new market for buying and selling awards

GAR Live Energy Lookback: the new market for buying and selling awards

28 June 2019

International arbitration awards offer “the elixir of investment funds” – uncorrelated returns you can bank on irrespective of wider market conditions – according to a panel at last year’s GAR Live Energy, which lifted the lid on the little-known world of high finance and its interest in the output of arbitration.

GAR Live Energy Lookback: how suited are private claims for public wrongs?

GAR Live Energy Lookback: how suited are private claims for public wrongs?

26 June 2019

Will victims of alleged human rights abuses ever consent to arbitration of their claims? Very possibly was the consensus by the end of GAR Live Energy 2018. As one panel member put it, sometimes victims are “just private parties wanting compensation”.