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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.

Kaufmann-Kohler on facilitating settlements

Kaufmann-Kohler on facilitating settlements

28 March 2019

Delivering the inaugural HKIAC Annual Lecture in Beijing, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler proposed guidelines for settlement facilitation by arbitrators and considered Western and Eastern attitudes to the practice. Weina Ye, senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in Shanghai, reports.

Seppälä on the past and future of construction arbitration

Seppälä on the past and future of construction arbitration

27 March 2019

Chris Seppälä – the chief legal adviser to FIDIC – gave the keynote at GAR Live Construction Disputes last year, on construction arbitration’s past and the future.

GAR Live Moscow - in pictures

GAR Live Moscow - in pictures

22 March 2019

GAR Live Moscow took place on 21 March at the InterContinental Hotel. Photos of the event are now available.

HKIAC to seek licence to administer cases in Russia

HKIAC to seek licence to administer cases in Russia

22 March 2019

A Russian deputy minister of justice told delegates at GAR Live Moscow that the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre will apply to become the first foreign institution licensed to administer arbitrations in Russia – as amendments to the country’s arbitration law take effect later this month.

Shifting paradigms in energy arbitration

Shifting paradigms in energy arbitration

15 March 2019

A conference in Houston organised by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Institute for Energy Law and ICC International Court of Arbitration focused on the future of international arbitration in the energy sector, including ISDS and the impact of climate change. Lisa Ann Johnson of Covington & Burling reports.

Psychology and unconscious bias explored in Vienna

Psychology and unconscious bias explored in Vienna

13 March 2019

Vienna Arbitration Days 2019 considered the impact of psychology and unconscious bias on arbitration, the importance of maths and economics and the use of artificial intelligence tools in assessing damages.