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GAR Live Lookback: London - Do arbitrators make international law?

GAR Live Lookback: London - Do arbitrators make international law?

09 January 2018

In a new style of session introduced at GAR Live London - the GAR Live Inquisition - David Rivkin QC and Lisa Bingham grilled Audley Sheppard QC, Duncan Matthews QC, Wendy Miles QC and Alejandro Escobar on whether arbitrators ‘make’ international law. Read our edited transcript of the spirited exchange.

Should acting judges sit as arbitrators?

Should acting judges sit as arbitrators?

03 January 2018

Soon after the release of a report revealing the extent to which members of the bench of the International Court of Justice moonlight as arbitrators, an event in London considered whether acting judges should be allowed to sit on tribunals – with a focus on national judges.

There's "no alternative" to investment arbitration, says Schreuer

There's "no alternative" to investment arbitration, says Schreuer

22 December 2017

In a keynote speech in Prague, leading Austrian arbitrator Christoph Schreuer has argued that “there is no alternative” to investment arbitration and expressed doubts about the EU’s proposals for a permanent court to hear investor-state disputes.

COP23 delegates hear about a "rising tide" of environmental cases

COP23 delegates hear about a "rising tide" of environmental cases

23 November 2017

Leading arbitral organisations and institutions held a panel discussion on the side of the COP23 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Bonn, with a highlight being a description of the “rising tide” of cases with an environmental aspect that are being handled by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Kiev roundtable considers investments in occupied Ukrainian territories

Kiev roundtable considers investments in occupied Ukrainian territories

22 November 2017

A roundtable in Kiev held by Ukrainian law firm Marchenko Danevych considered whether investments in occupied Ukrainian territory are protected by bilateral investment treaties and the prospects for investment claims against Russia, with a particular focus on the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Tech talk in Palo Alto

Tech talk in Palo Alto

22 November 2017

The first event of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre’s young professionals group in Palo Alto considered the role of international arbitration and mediation in tech sector disputes and included a conversation between in-house counsel from The Aerospace Corporation, Walt Disney and the Nvida Corporation.

GAR Live Dubai - in pictures

GAR Live Dubai - in pictures

22 November 2017

GAR Live Dubai took place at the conference centre of the Dubai International Financial Centre on 16 November.

Has Dubai shot itself in foot again with “locals only” law?

Has Dubai shot itself in foot again with “locals only” law?

17 November 2017

After the shock of last year’s penal code amendment which said arbitrators could be imprisoned for bias, delegates at GAR Live Dubai have expressed dismay at what seems like another setback for the United Arab Emirates as an arbitral hub – a new law which permits only Emirati lawyers to acts in cases seated in the country.

Leading Dubai lawyer goes solo as arbitrator

Leading Dubai lawyer goes solo as arbitrator

16 November 2017

After 40 years at Clyde & Co, leading Dubai lawyer Alec Emmerson has told GAR Live Dubai that conflicts “have got the better” of him and he is leaving the firm to practise full time as an arbitrator.

GAR Live Damages - in photos

GAR Live Damages - in photos

07 November 2017

GAR Live Damages was held at the London offices of Pinsent Masons on 30 October. It was sponsored by Cornerstone Research, A&M, Winston & Strawn, CPR, Newton Arbitration, Arbitral Women and the International Lawyers Network