Laws, treaties and soft law

Hong Kong enacts updates to enforcement arrangements with mainland

All mainland China-seated arbitral awards are now enforceable in Hong Kong and parties can pursue parallel enforcement in both jurisdictions, after the special administrative region enacted updates to an arrangement on mutual enforcement of awards.

16 June 2021

A call for civility: ICCA publishes guidelines on standards of practice

A taskforce at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration has published guidelines on standards of practice in international arbitration to address concerns that behaviour in the field has repeatedly fallen “below minimum civility standards.”

09 June 2021

Enhancing dispute settlement and prevention in Kazakhstan

A webinar organised by the World Bank and Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice considered the country’s efforts to improve its business and investment climate by enhancing dispute settlement and prevention mechanisms. Martin Gronemann of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg reports.

07 June 2021

Time to reform the 1996 act?

The Law Commission of England and Wales is inviting comment on whether it should review the 1996 Arbitration Act and consider introducing trust law arbitration in the jurisdiction.

12 May 2021

Peru's presidential frontrunner proposes ditching ICSID

Peruvian presidential frontrunner Pedro Castillo has pledged to withdraw the country from ICSID and other ISDS mechanisms and create a new regional arbitration centre for South American nations if he wins a runoff vote in June.

07 May 2021

ECJ adviser appears to favour contract-based ISDS

An advocate general of the European Court of Justice has advised that individual arbitration agreements between EU investors and member states are compatible with EU law – but only if final awards are subject to “comprehensive review” by member states' courts.

22 April 2021

Iraq to sign New York Convention

Iraq is to become the 168th signatory of the New York Convention after passing an accession law as part of its ongoing reconstruction programme after the US-led ousting of Saddam Hussein and the years of instability that have followed.

06 April 2021

IBA releases toolkit on insolvency and arbitration

The International Bar Association has released a toolkit providing guidance for when a party to an arbitration is subject to insolvency proceedings.

24 March 2021

Malawi accedes to New York Convention

Malawi has become the 167th party to the New York Convention, as an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a Malawian-registered company against French energy group Total gets underway in South Africa.

16 March 2021

Belize ratifies New York Convention decades after given effect

Belize has ratified the New York Convention, more than 40 years after it was implemented into domestic law and following years of uncertainty about its application in the country – but has it done so for the right reasons?

16 March 2021

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