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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”.

Renewing the relationship between treaties and custom in ISDS

Renewing the relationship between treaties and custom in ISDS

25 June 2019

A seminar organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Withers explored the relationship between treaties and customary international law in investment treaty arbitration. Robert Kovacs and Sudipta Purkayastha of Withers in London report.

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

13 June 2019

Last year’s GAR Live Istanbul closed with a mock cross-examination session intended to contrast the common law and civil law approaches to witness questioning.

Advice for arbitrators in Vienna

Advice for arbitrators in Vienna

30 May 2019

An arbitrator symposium in Vienna addressed the initial organisation of an arbitral proceeding, effective presentation of evidence and tribunal deliberations, as well as the state of arbitration in Asia. Niamh Leinwather of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Vienna reports

GAR Live Frankfurt Lookback: What users want

GAR Live Frankfurt Lookback: What users want

23 May 2019

GAR Live Frankfurt 2018 saw two in-house counsel grill external counsel and arbitrators on their complaints about international arbitration, particularly in light of the competition it faces from international courts.

Defending investments in times of armed conflicts

Defending investments in times of armed conflicts

21 May 2019

An event at Paris Arbitration Week discussed some of the challenges faced by companies with investments in countries affected by armed conflict or civil unrest and the role of investment treaty arbitration in balancing the interests of investors and states.

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: do we need legal experts?

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: do we need legal experts?

20 May 2019

On the eve of this year’s GAR Live Stockholm, we revisit the inquisition panel from last year, 2018, where Jennifer Kirby, Angeline Welsh, Shai Wade, Robin Oldenstam, Tina Cicchetti, Mattias Rosengren and Larry Shore debated the pros and cos of using legal experts to establish the ‘fact’ of any applicable law.

Achmea and the ECT: investor and state perspectives

Achmea and the ECT: investor and state perspectives

17 May 2019

Does the decision by the European Court of Justice in Achmea apply to intra-EU investment disputes under the Energy Charter Treaty? Delegates at GAR Live BITs in Washington, DC heard from lawyers acting for both investors and states on the issue.

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: how to write an arbitral award

GAR Live Stockholm Lookback: how to write an arbitral award

17 May 2019

Session three of GAR Live Stockholm 2018 discussed the art of writing an arbitral award. It touched on some big topics – including, how should one err when it comes to reasoning (too much, too little; more on the facts, less on the law, vice versa?) and is it time to rethink, completely, how we do investment treaty awards?

GAR Live BITs - in pictures

GAR Live BITs - in pictures

17 May 2019

Pictures from the 5th annual GAR Live BITs in Washington, DC, are now available.