Conference coverage

Will the pandemic lead to pharma disputes in Africa?

Speakers at GAR Connect: Africa discussed pharmaceutical investments on the continent during the covid-19 pandemic, including advice on protecting IP, the types of disputes now emerging and whether international arbitration is well placed to resolve them.

27 October 2021

When arbitrators misbehave and other dilemmas

A panel at GAR Live Construction shared experiences of ethical dilemmas including how to deal with incomplete disclosures and poor conduct by arbitrators, disclosing evidence unhelpful to your client and when experts are pressured to change their opinions.

22 October 2021

Join us for GAR Live: Hong Kong

Readers are invited to join us next week for GAR Live: Hong Kong, which will consider the developing balance between Asian arbitral hubs, seminal court decisions over the past year and best practice when faced with challenging case scenarios. There will also be a keynote address by David W Rivkin, HKIAC co-chair and partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

21 October 2021

Construction disputes and ISDS: a one-sided love affair?

Investment arbitration lawyers may love taking on cases over large infrastructure projects but lawyers who specialise in construction disputes aren’t necessarily so enthusiastic about ISDS, GAR Live Moscow heard last week.

18 October 2021

Cooperation on the menu in China

A highlight of China Arbitration Week, this year's China Arbitration Summit and Belt and Road Arbitration Institutions Forum affirmed China’s commitment to arbitration and particularly to strengthening international cooperation to develop talent and harmonise practice. Melody Chan, partner at White & Case in Hong Kong, and associates Philip Tan and Clemency Wang in Singapore, report.

04 October 2021

The pandemic curfew problem

A panel at the ASIL annual meeting simulated oral argument on whether a BIT’s public health and essential security interests clause provides a defence to treaty claims arising out of pandemic curfews, and whether such an exception can deprive a tribunal of jurisdiction. Ina Popova and Alma Mozetič, partner and associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, report.

01 October 2021

Will future energy investments be protected?

In a keynote address at GAR Live Energy Disputes, Doak Bishop of King & Spalding defended investment treaty arbitration as a vital means of protecting the trillions of dollars of foreign investment needed to meet international climate change goals – while expressing concern at some reforms to the system now being considered.

30 September 2021

Climate change: a “strong recipe” for disputes

Panels at Paris Arbitration Week discussed climate change in international arbitration, including shifting energy sources, the impact of net-zero emissions targets and investors’ legitimate expectations.

28 September 2021

Unconscious bias and party appointments

A panel at Paris Arbitration Week including US arbitrator Charles Brower debated whether the party appointment process inevitably produces tribunals that are affected by unconscious bias – and what can be done about it.

24 September 2021

Is expert determination a “third way” for construction disputes?

In a keynote at GAR Live today, Freshfields partner Sally Roe addressed the potential for regional arbitration centres to hear more construction disputes and the lack of diversity in the arbitrator pool for the biggest cases – and proposed expert determination as a potential “third way” to resolve disputes.

23 September 2021

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