Conference coverage

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

A perilous lack of clarity - Lord Goldsmith on courts' review of jurisdiction

Although a national court's role in reviewing a tribunal's award on jurisdiction at the enforcement stage is well established, the type of review that the court is meant to undertake is "perilously" unclear and should be the subject of guidance, Lord Goldsmith argued during GAR Interactive Moscow.

21 October 2020

Stay clear of political issues, Russian minister warns tribunals

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Justice Mikhail Galperin has argued that arbitral tribunals lack authority to decide private claims that involve determination of national or international political questions - pointing to the Crimea and Yukos investment treaty cases against Russia.

21 October 2020

Gaillard on seven dirty tricks to disrupt an arbitration

In a virtual lecture, Emmanuel Gaillard of Shearman & Sterling described “seven dirty tricks” that parties use to disrupt arbitral proceedings and how arbitrators and courts should respond to prevent recalcitrant behaviour infecting the entire system.

15 October 2020

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