Topic: Coronavirus

White & Case and Queen Mary look at post-pandemic world in new survey

White & Case and the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London have launched their 2020 international arbitration survey, focusing on the adaptability of this form of dispute resolution in a world transformed by the coronavirus pandemic and other global changes.

13 October 2020

Pandemic and populism to increase investor-state disputes

Speakers at the Latin Lawyer-GAR Interactive Arbitration Summit recommended that companies plan their infrastructure investments carefully, amid arbitrary actions by populist politicians and a slew of new laws pursued by governments in Latin America to fight the covid-19 pandemic.

05 October 2020

Arbitration in the age of covid

A panel at GAR Interactive: Singapore highlighted the impact of covid-19 on commercial and investment arbitration and the challenges of virtual hearings, also asking whether it might lead parties to rethink their choice of arbitral seat.

10 September 2020

Jones on lessons from lockdown

Delivering a keynote address at the first virtual GAR Live, Australian arbitrator Douglas Jones AO called on practitioners to learn the lessons from our “time of isolation” and improve the efficiency of arbitral proceedings through technology.

08 September 2020

PCA resumes in-person hearings

The Permanent Court of Arbitration says it has now resumed “partial in-person hearings” at the Peace Palace in the Hague, citing an exception in Dutch travel restrictions that will allow participants abroad to attend without quarantining.

07 September 2020

Claims filed over multibillion-euro eyewear merger

Franco-Italian eyewear group EssilorLuxottica is facing a pair of arbitrations over its planned €5.5 billion purchase of a rival Dutch brand, after raising concerns about measures taken by the target company to mitigate the impact of covid-19.

30 July 2020

From coronation to coronavirus – will the pandemic stretch the concept of frustration under English law?

Stevens & Bolton partner Catherine Penny and associate Andrew Reid look at the history of frustration under English law, arguing that it had its high water mark during the economic and social instability of the post-war years and may be similarly stretched as a concept in the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

27 July 2020

Why online “covid hearings” will improve arbitration

In a keynote speech, Justin D'Agostino looked at the practical and ethical challenges of moving hearings online in response to the coronavirus pandemic but argued that the community will overcome these and that the use of technology will improve international arbitration.

17 July 2020

Zimbabwe faces LCIA claim over covid-19 testing kits

Zimbabwe’s state-owned pharmaceutical company has been threatened with an LCIA claim over the termination of a US$60 million contract to supply covid-19 testing kits, amid a criminal investigation that has led to charges against the country’s former health minister.

15 July 2020

Romanian real estate dispute heads to London

Johannesburg-listed property investment group NEPI Rockcastle has announced it is in arbitration over a €290 million sale of offices in Romania that stalled in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

10 July 2020

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