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Transparency grows as confidentiality diminishes?

Transparency grows as confidentiality diminishes?

Premium article - 18 October 2017

The Mauritius Convention’s entry into force today triggered a discussion at the UNCITRAL Asia-Pacific Judicial Summit in Hong Kong about the growing importance placed on transparency in investor-state arbitration and lessening emphasis on confidentiality by private parties.

Averting the apocalypse: how arbitrators should respond to nuclear and climate change threats

Averting the apocalypse: how arbitrators should respond to nuclear and climate change threats

Premium article - 16 October 2017

A meeting of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR in Sydney heard Australian arbitrator Michael Kirby reflect on how arbitrators should respond to the threats to human life posed by nuclear weapons and climate change.

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

Overcoming the tyranny of distance

Premium article - 11 October 2017

UPDATED. Despite “the tyranny of distance” which has shaped its history, Australia has positioned itself as an attractive venue for international arbitration in the Asia Pacific and globally, Doug Jones has told an event in Sydney.

Tribunals and institutions can monitor ethics, argues Mourre

Tribunals and institutions can monitor ethics, argues Mourre

Premium article - 09 October 2017

Speaking in Sydney ahead of the IBA annual conference this week, the president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Alexis Mourre has declared himself “a strong proponent of the transnational regulation of ethics in arbitration” but against proposals for bodies other than arbitral tribunals and institutions to enforce them.

Dutch day looks at advocacy and the unreliability of witnesses

Premium article - 02 October 2017

This year’s Dutch Arbitration Day – which marked the event’s fifth year – included speeches by Hilary Heilbron QC of Brick Court Chambers in London sharing the six “Ps” of successful arbitration advocacy and by Peter van Koppen of Amsterdam University on the unreliability of witnesses.

How can Scotland succeed?

How can Scotland succeed?

Premium article - 25 September 2017

As Edinburgh prepares to welcome the ICCA Congress in 2020, an event hosted by ArbitralWomen and the Scottish Arbitration Centre explored how Scotland can make its mark as a seat for international arbitration - drawing lessons from London and also differentiating itself.

European young groups put focus on practice building at Austrian retreat

European young groups put focus on practice building at Austrian retreat

Premium article - 18 August 2017

The Austrian spa town of Baden bei Wien has played host to the first summer retreat for the young arbitration groups of Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland - with discussion of how practitioners should handle business development, negotiation, client handling and time management to build their practices.

Language problems discussed in Taipei

Language problems discussed in Taipei

Premium article - 31 July 2017

Language problems generated the most discussion at the last Taipei international arbitration conference - although debate later opened up to include issues in investment and commercial arbitration and the impact of China's "One Belt, One Road" strategy.

Do Born’s BATs still have wings?

Do Born’s BATs still have wings?

Premium article - 14 July 2017

Gary Born’s five year-old proposal for a default form of commercial dispute settlement provided for in bilateral arbitration treaties appears still to be flying, having been considered at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s 50th anniversary conference in Vienna.

Money talks in Frankfurt

Money talks in Frankfurt

Premium article - 07 July 2017

Two expert witnesses sat together at GAR Live Frankfurt last week to consider whether quantum issues are getting the attention they deserve in international arbitration and whether counsel and arbitrators could make better use of experts’ input.