Topic: Coronavirus

Singapore's plans unmasked in interview with minister

On the day that Singaporeans were permitted to unmask inside for the first time since the pandemic, Lucy Reed interviewed Singapore's minister of home affairs and minister for law K Shanmugam SC about the city-state's future as a leading arbitration centre.

14 October 2022

Inter-Pacific event predicts “great opportunities for change”

The Inter-Pacific Bar Association Arbitration Day in Singapore saw more than 100 delegates gather to discuss how international arbitration in the region has fared during the pandemic and will fare in future.

14 October 2022

Dominican Republic threatens claim against AstraZeneca

The Dominican Republic has warned of a potential arbitration against AstraZeneca over the delayed delivery of covid-19 vaccines, as details emerge of a separate claim by a French investor against the Caribbean state.

20 April 2022

Indian drugmaker faces LCIA claim over covid vaccine

A Seattle biotech company is bringing an LCIA claim against its Indian former business partner amid a US$950 million dispute over alleged theft of technology used to develop covid-19 vaccines.

30 March 2022

Menon calls for post-pandemic reinvention of procedure in Freshfields lecture

We should "ride the momentum" of the "greater openness" to procedural reform of arbitration in the wake of the pandemic to reinvent it completely, in the same way as Google and Apple have reinvented the map, argued Singapore's chief justice Sundaresh Menon in the 36th Freshfields Lecture.

07 January 2022

DRC mine award upheld despite counsel’s illness

An English court has upheld a US$19 million ICC award relating to a Chinese mining project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rejecting arguments that the case should have been adjourned when a counsel took ill with covid-19 and that the tribunal erred by awarding the victor its third-party funding costs.

08 December 2021

Paris court upholds lockdown award

In the first known French decision on a covid-related set-aside request, the Paris Court of Appeal has refused to set aside an ICC award that was issued by a Paris-seated tribunal in March 2020 – 10 days into the first lockdown in France – and because of the circumstances signed by each arbitrator separately.

07 December 2021

Cabo Verde faces ICC claim over airline nationalisation

An Icelandic-owned entity has launched an ICC claim against Cabo Verde after the African island nation announced plans to renationalise its flag carrier in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

30 November 2021

ISDS: “reform in the air”

At a virtual event, ICSID secretary-general Meg Kinnear addressed the future of ISDS and said the predicted “deluge” of investor-state claims relating to the covid-19 pandemic has not occurred. Rob Houston of K&L Gates Straits Law and Hena Sial and Lauren Sandground of K&L Gates report.

29 November 2021

One Essex Court welcomes retired Lord Justice

Sir David Richards has joined One Essex Court in London as an arbitrator after stepping down as a full-time judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

12 November 2021

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