Conference coverage

The US’s distinctive approach to competence-competence

At a keynote to mark the relaunch of CIArb’s Washington, DC chapter, independent arbitrator Michael Nolan addressed the United States’ distinctive approach to competence-competence and its implications for treaty-based arbitration.

19 April 2022

We need to talk about ESG

Environmental, social and governance issues are looming ever larger in investor-state arbitration, with tribunals facing difficult questions relating to climate change, human rights and corruption, John Gaffney of Al Tamimi in Abu Dhabi has argued.

19 April 2022

“Freezing and seizing”: can Russia be made to pay?

An event at Paris Arbitration Week hosted by Queritius considered the potential for investors affected by the invasion of Ukraine to bring treaty claims against Russia – and how awards might be enforced.

04 April 2022

Jones voices concern over “de-lawyering” of Russian parties

GAR Live Construction today heard Australian arbitrator Doug Jones AO express concern about the “de-lawyering” of Russian parties and what it means for the rule of law – with speakers also calling for the strengthening of human rights protections in construction projects.

31 March 2022

Resigning from Russian work: principled stand or public shaming?

A panel at Paris Arbitration Week considered the wave of counsel resignations from Russia-related work in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, questioning whether those lawyers withdrawing are really taking a principled stand or have other motives.

29 March 2022

Gloster calls for arbitrators to be “modest”

Dame Elizabeth Gloster, a judge-turned-arbitrator at One Essex Court, told a GAR Live audience that arbitrators should be “modest” when confronted with highly complex technical subjects such as damages and consider having an informal "teach-in" by experts before hearings.

23 March 2022

ICC Court president warns of "tool bias"

In a keynote speech at Tel Aviv Arbitration Week, the president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Claudia Salomon has warned that the "magnetic pull" of international arbitration and a common "tool bias" may mean that other dispute resolution methods are being insufficiently considered.

15 March 2022

First GAR Connect Mediterranean has broad geographical reach

The first GAR Connect Eastern Mediterranean saw speakers discuss dispute-related trends arising from offshore natural gas fields in the Mediterranean itself, in countries bordering the sea like Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Libya and Turkey, and as far East as the Gulf and Russia.

10 March 2022

Join us for GAR Live Construction Disputes

Readers are invited to join us this month for GAR Live Construction Disputes in Paris – featuring a keynote address by independent arbitrator Brian King among several sessions preceding the annual GAR Awards ceremony later that day.

09 March 2022

Born criticises excessive court scrutiny of arbitral innovations

At a keynote at GAR Live Abu Dhabi today, Gary Born warned of courts applying an “ill-informed and counterproductive” level of scrutiny to innovative arbitral mechanisms that promote the speedy resolution of disputes.

09 February 2022

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