Conference coverage

Best Friends debate efficiency in Paris

At the Best Friends debate in Paris, speakers discussed real or perceived inefficiencies that can plague an arbitration and how different stakeholders in the process can tackle these issues.

05 July 2019

England’s long history of support for arbitration

Delivering the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ annual Roebuck lecture in London, Stavros Brekoulakis addressed the “unwavering” pro-arbitration policy under English law, which he suggested is not a product of the past 50 years, as is often argued, but in fact dates back centuries. Mercy McBrayer, CIArb research and academic affairs manager, reports.

05 July 2019

Why California?

An event at Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco office considered California’s prospects as a seat for international arbitration in the wake of a recent amendment explicitly allowing foreign attorneys to appear in the Golden State.

01 July 2019

GAR Live Energy Lookback: the new market for buying and selling awards

International arbitration awards offer “the elixir of investment funds” – uncorrelated returns you can bank on irrespective of wider market conditions – according to a panel at last year’s GAR Live Energy, which lifted the lid on the little-known world of high finance and its interest in the output of arbitration.

28 June 2019

GAR Live Energy Lookback: how suited are private claims for public wrongs?

Will victims of alleged human rights abuses ever consent to arbitration of their claims? Very possibly was the consensus by the end of GAR Live Energy 2018. As one panel member put it, sometimes victims are “just private parties wanting compensation”.

26 June 2019

Renewing the relationship between treaties and custom in ISDS

A seminar organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Withers explored the relationship between treaties and customary international law in investment treaty arbitration. Robert Kovacs and Sudipta Purkayastha of Withers in London report.

25 June 2019

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

Last year’s GAR Live Istanbul closed with a mock cross-examination session intended to contrast the common law and civil law approaches to witness questioning.

13 June 2019

Advice for arbitrators in Vienna

An arbitrator symposium in Vienna addressed the initial organisation of an arbitral proceeding, effective presentation of evidence and tribunal deliberations, as well as the state of arbitration in Asia. Niamh Leinwather of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Vienna reports

30 May 2019

GAR Live Frankfurt Lookback: What users want

GAR Live Frankfurt 2018 saw two in-house counsel grill external counsel and arbitrators on their complaints about international arbitration, particularly in light of the competition it faces from international courts.

23 May 2019

Defending investments in times of armed conflicts

An event at Paris Arbitration Week discussed some of the challenges faced by companies with investments in countries affected by armed conflict or civil unrest and the role of investment treaty arbitration in balancing the interests of investors and states.

21 May 2019

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