Conference coverage

Are we yet “transnationalists”?

A panel at GAR Live Dubai considered how to “make arbitration work” between parties from common and civil law jurisdictions, and the differing approaches to contractual principles such as good faith.

25 November 2019

GAR Live Dubai - in pictures

Photos of the 6th annual GAR Live Dubai can be found here.

25 November 2019

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: - the (ab)use of experts in construction arbitration – where is the line between expert and advocate?

On the eve of this year’s GAR Live Dubai, we look back to 2018’s edition, and session three, in which Mark McNeill and panel tackled one of the great conundrums: why is it that reputable independent experts – who would never testify “contrary to their own conviction” nonetheless reliably end up producing work that favours the side who appointed them. What’s the alchemy at work, and can it be reformulated?

19 November 2019

Is it easy, being Green?

At the ICC annual arbitration & ADR conference in London, attention turned to climate change and the launch of a “Green Arbitration” initiative – with a panel of arbitrators and counsel discussing the arbitration sector’s carbon footprint.

15 November 2019

Counterclaims in investor-state arbitration

A seminar organised by BIICL and DLA Piper explored counterclaims in investor-state arbitration, including the current position in case law, an analysis of Latvia’s BITs and predictions for the future. Elinor Thomas of DLA Piper in London reports.

12 November 2019

Fear of the unknown – overcoming resistance to ‘new’ damages models

After the adoption of a "novel" damages model caused controversy in the Tethyan v Pakistan case, a panel at GAR Live Advanced Damages Workshop explored how best to make a tribunal comfortable with lesser-known models and asked whether labels such as "modern" might be counterproductive.

08 November 2019

GAR Live Damages Workshop - in pictures

Pictures for GAR Live Advanced Damages Workshop can be found here.

08 November 2019

Fortier on the cola wars

At a lecture in Washington, DC, Canadian arbitrator Yves Fortier QC invoked the “cola wars” of the 1980s to argue that arbitration should resist calls to change the beloved formula that is the key to its success. Michelle Avrutin, JD student at American University Washington College of Law, reports.

18 October 2019

London says farewell to Francisco Orrego Vicuña

A symposium in London last week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Chilean arbitrator Francisco Orrego Vicuña by celebrating his contribution to international law. Benjamín Silva, a visiting attorney at Baker Botts in London, reports.

10 October 2019

GAR Live Vienna Lookback: is document production a waste of time?

It’s often assumed common lawyers have an advantage over civil lawyers in any dispute that entails document production. But GAR Live Vienna 2018 heard it is in fact the common lawyer who really suffers at such times – and for whom engaging in discovery with a civil law opponent will be at best pointless and at worst self-sabotage.

07 October 2019

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