Conference coverage

Kaufmann-Kohler on facilitating settlements

Delivering the inaugural HKIAC Annual Lecture in Beijing, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler proposed guidelines for settlement facilitation by arbitrators and considered Western and Eastern attitudes to the practice. Weina Ye, senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in Shanghai, reports.

28 March 2019

Seppälä on the past and future of construction arbitration

Chris Seppälä – the chief legal adviser to FIDIC – gave the keynote at GAR Live Construction Disputes last year, on construction arbitration’s past and the future.

27 March 2019

HKIAC to seek licence to administer cases in Russia

A Russian deputy minister of justice told delegates at GAR Live Moscow that the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre will apply to become the first foreign institution licensed to administer arbitrations in Russia – as amendments to the country’s arbitration law take effect later this month.

22 March 2019

GAR Live Moscow - in pictures

GAR Live Moscow took place on 21 March at the InterContinental Hotel. Photos of the event are now available.

22 March 2019

Shifting paradigms in energy arbitration

A conference in Houston organised by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Institute for Energy Law and ICC International Court of Arbitration focused on the future of international arbitration in the energy sector, including ISDS and the impact of climate change. Lisa Ann Johnson of Covington & Burling reports.

15 March 2019

Psychology and unconscious bias explored in Vienna

Vienna Arbitration Days 2019 considered the impact of psychology and unconscious bias on arbitration, the importance of maths and economics and the use of artificial intelligence tools in assessing damages.

13 March 2019

Arbitration in the face of chaos

The Institute of Transnational Arbitration’s 30th annual workshop featured a keynote address from Emmanuel Gaillard on the tangled web of parallel proceedings before international arbitral tribunals and domestic courts, with other panels addressing related issues including claim preclusion and double recovery. Diora Ziyaeva of Dentons in New York reports.

12 March 2019

Lew and van den Berg in conversation

At a Valentine’s Day event in Hong Kong, prominent arbitrators Julian Lew QC and Albert Jan van den Berg offered common and civil law perspectives on arbitration, and provided tips for younger lawyers. Matthew Townsend of Fangda Partners in Hong Kong reports.

05 March 2019

Annulment of investment treaty awards

A London seminar organised by the BIICL Investment Treaty Forum and Baker Botts considered the annulment of investment treaty awards, with a particular focus on intra-EU arbitration in the wake of Achmea. Laura Vengoechea and James Penrose of Baker Botts in London report.

26 February 2019

Do we need a permanent investment court?

Nassib G Ziadé, chief executive officer of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA), used a speech in Manama to question whether proposals to establish a permanent court to hear investment disputes would address the flaws in the current investor-state arbitration system or be in the best interests of developing countries.

13 February 2019

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