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LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA: Washington & Lee and UNCTAD Joint Symposium - International Investment and ADR

Premium article - 27 April 2010

Washington & Lee School of Law and UNCTAD have held the first international investment conference to offer pre-conference blogging, a live virtual stream of the event, and real-time integration of comments from Twitter and Facebook into panel discussions. Jacob Stoehr and William Li, Washington & Lee student liaisons, report

NEW YORK: PLI International Arbitration

Premium article - 27 April 2010

The Practising Law Institute’s latest conference on International Arbitration compared four leading arbitration venues, noted some positive developments in Russia as regards enforcement of awards and saw a panel of arbitrators share practical tips for smooth and speedy operation at every step of the arbitral proceedings. Samaa Haridi of Crowell & Moring and Hagit Elul of Hughes Hubbard & Reed report.

WASHINGTON, DC: ITA-ASIL Conference - "Arbitration: The End of the Golden Age"

Premium article - 27 April 2010

Has the Golden Age of arbitration in the US come to an end? Delegates at a recent ITA-ASIL event in Washington, DC considered this question in the light of the fraying relationship between domestic and international arbitration law and calls for changes to the US Model BIT. Caroline S Richard, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Washington, DC, reports

VIENNA: UNCITRAL/VIAC conference

Premium article - 27 April 2010

A two-day conference organised by UNCITRAL and the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (VIAC) brought delegates up to speed on the revision of the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Jarred Pinkston of Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte and Manfred Heider, secretary general of VIAC, report

50 Years of BITs: positive effects to come?

Premium article - 16 February 2010

An event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first bilateral investment treaty appears to have kickstarted discussion on the future of BITs in policy circles – especially within the EU. David Samuels reports

HONG KONG: Goff lecture: The experience of UNCITRAL in revising its rules

Premium article - 15 February 2010

For its annual Goff lecture in December 2009, City University of Hong Kong School of Law invited David Caron, a professor of international law at UC Berkeley, to speak. Caron, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, spoke on the quandaries faced by those seeking to update them. Report by Jun Bautista, an associate at Baker Botts in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: International Arbitration Users? Council Symposium

Premium article - 15 February 2010

On 11 December 2009, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Users’ Council held its first symposium, a well-attended event that attracted not just lawyers but engineers, accountants, physicians and other professionals. Jun Bautista of Baker Botts in Hong Kong reports on the symposium’s success in agreeing “best practices”

HONG KONG: Australasian Forum of International Arbitration Symposium

Premium article - 15 February 2010

One of the first events to be hosted in the magnificent new Maxwell Chambers in Singapore raised interesting questions about whether the writing requirement of article II(2) of the New York Convention should remain. James Kwan, a partner at Simmons & Simmons in Hong Kong and a co-chair of the AFIA executive committee for 2010, reports.

BERNE: ASA - general assembly and conference on Federal Tribunal rulings

Premium article - 17 December 2009

Switzerland’s arbitration association bade a warm farewell to its president – and celebrated its court’s principled stances – at this year’s annual general assembly. Andrea Meier and Christopher Boog of Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich report

FRANKFURT: DIS40 - "Entering the field of investment arbitration as a young lawyer"

Premium article - 17 December 2009

Ever wondered how to become an investment arbitration lawyer? By Boris Kasolowsky (counsel) and Caroline Harvey (associate) of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt