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DUBLIN: What’s the craic in China? CIETAC avoids the elephant in the room

DUBLIN: What’s the craic in China? CIETAC avoids the elephant in the room

Premium article - 04 May 2012

Irish barrister and arbitrator Arran Dowling-Hussey reports on a recent CIETAC event in Dublin at which representatives of the institution discussed the growth of its international caseload but mentioned nothing of a split.

NEW YORK: Taking on a sovereign state

NEW YORK: Taking on a sovereign state

Premium article - 13 April 2012

Sixteen arbitration specialists at this year’s Columbia Arbitration Day looked at the challenges that arise when arbitrating with a sovereign state – with a focus on investment treaty cases. The co-chairs of the conference, Columbia Law School students Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro, Marcela Cursino de Moura Levy, Paula Henin and Iuliana Iancu, report.

SAN FRANCISCO: Works in progress

SAN FRANCISCO: Works in progress

Premium article - 10 April 2012

Leah Harhay of Jones Day and Susan Franck of Washington & Lee Law School look back on the Institute for Transnational Arbitration's inaugural winter forum in San Francisco, which they co-chaired. The event considered three academic works in progress – on the role of the courts, the value of precedent and the appointment of arbitrators in international arbitration – and debated other key questions facing the arbitral community.

WASHINGTON, DC: Crisis talks

WASHINGTON, DC: Crisis talks

Premium article - 30 March 2012

Nearly 10 years after the first claim arising from Argentina’s debt default was filed, an ITA-ASIL event considered whether legal responses to political and economic crises have “reinforced or damaged the fabric of international law” and whether investor-state arbitration is an effective vehicle for addressing the fallout. Julia Peck, an associate at Hoguet Newman Regal and Kenney in New York, reports.

BRASILIA: In praise of Brazilian enforcement

BRASILIA: In praise of Brazilian enforcement

Premium article - 28 March 2012

Leading arbitrator Albert Jan van den Berg last week praised Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) for its recognition and enforcement of international arbitration awards but encouraged judges to rely more explicitly on the New York Convention in their reasoning.

DUBLIN: The Irish Arbitration Act: two years on

DUBLIN: The Irish Arbitration Act: two years on

Premium article - 22 March 2012

The former Irish minister for justice, Dermot Ahern, spoke about the arbitration legislation he piloted through parliament in 2010 at a recent Chartered Institute of Arbitrators roundtable in Dublin. Barrister and arbitrator Arran Dowling Hussey reports on the event, which saw the act praised as a strong piece of law.

STOCKHOLM: Arbitrator and counsel: the double-hat syndrome

STOCKHOLM: Arbitrator and counsel: the double-hat syndrome

Premium article - 15 March 2012

Practitioners should refrain from mixing the roles of arbitrator and counsel in investor-state arbitration because it contributes to a perception that the system is stacked in favour of claimants, the IBA International Arbitration Day in Stockholm heard.

VIENNA: Building a framework for Europe

VIENNA: Building a framework for Europe

Premium article - 24 February 2012

Three panels at the Vienna Arbitration Days focused on the overlap of international arbitration and European Law and ways that the framework for arbitration in Europe should be developed. Alfred Siwy, an attorney at Schoenherr in Vienna, reports.

SAN FRANCISCO: Three debates on three hot topics

SAN FRANCISCO: Three debates on three hot topics

Premium article - 20 February 2012

Representatives of five young practitioners’ groups debated current issues in international commercial and investor-state arbitration before a mixed-age audience in San Francisco. Thomas Walsh, an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and the chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Young Arbitrator Initiative, reports.

PARIS: Making mediation happen

PARIS: Making mediation happen

Premium article - 10 February 2012

Calliope Sudborough, deputy manager at the ICC International Centre for ADR, and Ben Moss, deputy counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, report on the ICC's third international mediation conference in Paris, which explored the challenges users and their counsel face.