Conference coverage

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

Is there such a thing as a bad challenge?

A panel at GAR Interactive Hong Kong debated whether there is such a thing as a bad challenge, looking at the damage that may be wreaked on the tribunal and challenging party as well as the potential to spur disclosures and systemic change.

23 November 2020

Paulsson's fantasies of omnipotence

In the latest Kaplan Lecture, Jan Paulsson condemned the Walter Mitty-style "omnipotence fantasies" of certain arbitrators "who purport to justify their decisions by invoking nothing but the simple phrase 'abuse of right'", while admitting to having a few such fantasies of his own.

18 November 2020

Pandemic performance and silver linings

A recent IBA event looked at contract performance and the potential rise in investor-state arbitrations in the Asia Pacific in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic - as well as searching for silver linings.

05 November 2020

Mourre on the use and misuse of bifurcation

ICC Court president Alexis Mourre used a keynote speech to address the use and misuse of bifurcation in investment arbitration, arguing that it often results in increased delays and costs. Jaroslav Kudrna and Anna Bilanová of the Czech Ministry of Finance report.

29 October 2020

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