Conference coverage

Liability of arbitrators in the Americas

Practitioners discussed arbitrator liability, disclosure and diversity at the first-ever virtual Americas Workshop hosted by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and Latin American Association of Arbitration. María Paz Lestido of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Washington, DC reports.

21 January 2021

Emissions trading - what role will arbitration play?

A webinar hosted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and chaired by Kathryn Khamsi of Three Crowns looked at the importance of emissions trading systems for meeting commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the eventual role arbitration may play. Nicola Peart of Three Crowns reports.

12 January 2021

Mistelis calls for Aristotelean approach to ISDS reform

In a recent lecture, Loukas Mistelis of Queen Mary University of London addressed investors' perceptions of investor-state dispute settlement and lived up to his Greek heritage by advocating an "Aristotelean moral philosophical approach" to ISDS.

18 December 2020

Should we “redesign” reasoning in awards?

A panel at GAR Interactive Africa discussed reasoning in arbitral awards, looking at the contrasting approaches taken in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and asking whether more could be done to ensure these decisions are being understood by the public. 

15 December 2020

LCIA chief gives verdict on Halliburton v Chubb

In the 35th Freshfields Arbitration Lecture – the first to be held virtually – LCIA director general Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof explored the impartiality and independence of arbitrators and the requirements of disclosure in light of the recent UK Supreme Court judgment in Halliburton v Chubb.

07 December 2020

The year the Freshfields lecture went virtual

"2020 will always be remembered as the year the Freshfields Lecture went virtual," said Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof,  delivering the lecture last week, while Julian Lew QC and Sylvia Noury also reflected on this departure.

07 December 2020

Investor-state mediation under the spotlight

The use of mediation in investor-state dispute settlement was explored during the first virtual pre-intersessional meeting of UNCITRAL Working Group III, as the group starts to focus on specific ISDS reform options.

02 December 2020

Surviving and succeeding as a junior arbitration lawyer

A virtual event in cooperation with ICC YAF marked the relaunch of London VYAP, a network for very young arbitration practitioners. Mark Feldner of Clifford Chance, a member of the group’s executive committee, reports.

02 December 2020

Is Saudi Arabia the next frontier for Arab arbitration?

A virtual panel at Dubai Arbitration Week discussed Saudi Arabia’s potential as a hub for Arab arbitration – including recent reforms, the influence of Sharia law, ethics and enforcement.

01 December 2020

Listen to the lawyers, says Hong Kong chief justice

Hong Kong's chief justice has set out how, despite challenging times, the territory retains all the "indicators" of a safe jurisdiction in which to litigate or arbitrate – including the confidence of lawyers who practise there.

23 November 2020

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