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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.

GAR Live Vienna: in pictures

GAR Live Vienna: in pictures

Premium article - 25 October 2018

The 2nd annual GAR Live Vienna took place on Friday 19 October at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, where a lifetime achievement award was given to Eric Bergsten, the founder of the Vis Moot. Photos of the event are now available.

IBA unveils new slate of officers

IBA unveils new slate of officers

Premium article - 11 October 2018

The IBA Arbitration Committee has announced its latest slate of officers at the association’s annual meeting in Rome, with Julie Bédard of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Gaëtan Verhoosel of Three Crowns as co-chairs and Philippe Pinsolle of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan waiting in the wings as senior vice co-chair.

A spotlight on sanctions

A spotlight on sanctions

Premium article - 02 October 2018

A panel at GAR Live New York examined the impact of sanctions on international arbitration, enforcement proceedings and settlement negotiations, considering whether they can have force majeure effect, the need for government licences to represent sanctioned parties and the complications in getting paid when sanctions are in the way.

GAR Live New York - in pictures

GAR Live New York - in pictures

Premium article - 02 October 2018

Photos from GAR Live New York 2018 can be found here.