Conference coverage

Sleepless nights over sanctions

A conference organised by the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) considered economic sanctions and the many ways they can affect international arbitration and cause “sleepless nights” for practitioners. Chloé Terrapon Chassot of Walder Wyss reports.

12 October 2022

DIS names corporate counsel as new secretary general

The German Arbitration Institute, or DIS, has appointed Siemens in-house counsel Ramona Schardt as its new secretary general to replace Francesca Mazza.

05 October 2022

Sands shifts chambers in London

Philippe Sands KC has left Matrix Chambers, the London barristers' chambers he co-founded more than two decades ago, to join 11 King's Bench Walk.

03 October 2022

Ukraine war will fuel energy disputes, hears GAR Live

A panel at GAR Live Energy Disputes in Edinburgh considered the increasingly volatile global energy market resulting from the war in Ukraine, including the resurgence of fossil fuel and potential investment treaty claims.

29 September 2022

“Zero legitimacy”: investment court under fire at ICCA

A session on ISDS reform at the ICCA Congress heard criticism of plans for a multilateral investment court and shed light on recent discussions at UNCITRAL, including a “rebellion” by some developed states against a proposal to curb double hatting.

26 September 2022

Valuation in a time of uncertainty

A conference in Prague considered how arbitrators and quantum experts should deal with the impact of sanctions, counter-sanctions and high inflation. Tatiana Rukhliada, Martin Kozak and Katerina Skryjova of PwC in Prague report.

23 September 2022

ICCA urged to contribute to “greater public good”

Former UN high commissioner for human rights Louise Arbour used a keynote address at the ICCA Congress in Edinburgh to call for arbitration to play a role in strengthening national justice systems in poor countries, suggesting this might be funded through a tax on arbitral awards.

21 September 2022

ICCA gathers in Edinburgh amid Queen’s funeral

The 25th Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration has got underway in Edinburgh against the backdrop of the UK state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

19 September 2022

The Broadway/Netflix approaches to international arbitration

In a speech at GAR Live Atlanta, leading counsel-turned-arbitrator Grant Hanessian compared arbitration cases to massive Broadway productions, arguing that participants should instead seek to emulate a Netflix mini-series in which storylines are resolved episodically.

16 September 2022

Boog predicts more diverse future

In a keynote speech for GAR Live Beijing, Christopher Boog predicted increased "diversity" in the handling of international commercial, sports and investor-state disputes in future, with more variation in the seat, forum, governing law and participating lawyers and greater influence of civil law and Asian jurisdictions on policymaking, practice and procedure.

14 September 2022

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