Laws, treaties and soft law

Nigeria passes new arbitration law and allows funding

Practitioners in Nigeria are celebrating after the country passed a new arbitration and mediation law including new provisions on arbitrator immunity, interim measures and third-party funding.

16 May 2022

Legal finance and success fees in arbitration

As Hong Kong’s legislature considers a bill to allow success fees in arbitration, Kathryn Sanger and Briana Young of Herbert Smith Freehills and Emily Tillett of Burford Capital consider how such fee structures may intersect with the legal finance industry.

13 May 2022

Turkmenistan joins New York Convention

Following a recent transfer of presidential power from father to son, Turkmenistan has become the 170th country and last former Soviet state to accede to the New York Convention.

11 May 2022

Will US face treaty claims over oligarch measures?

US President Joe Biden’s proposals to make it easier to sell off assets of Russian oligarchs in response to the war in Ukraine could lead to investment arbitrations against the United States, but practitioners are doubtful that such claims would succeed.

29 April 2022

Three decades after signing, Kyrgyzstan finally joins ICSID

Kyrgyzstan is finally to become a party to the ICSID Convention, which it signed 27 years ago, in 1995, but never acceded to after a ratification instrument signed by the then-president mysteriously disappeared on the way to the Kyrgyz embassy in Washington, DC.

22 April 2022

“Freezing and seizing”: can Russia be made to pay?

An event at Paris Arbitration Week hosted by Queritius considered the potential for investors affected by the invasion of Ukraine to bring treaty claims against Russia – and how awards might be enforced.

04 April 2022

Hong Kong tables bill on success fees

Hong Kong has published a bill that would allow success fees in arbitrations and related court proceedings, bringing the special administrative region in line with other major arbitral seats.

29 March 2022

DIAC and LCIA reach deal

UPDATED. The Dubai International Arbitration Centre and London Court of International Court of Arbitration have reached a deal whereby the LCIA will administer all existing cases under DIFC-LCIA rules from London, after a decree issued by the government of Dubai six months ago effectively abolished the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre.

28 March 2022

ICSID member states approve revamped rules

Member states of ICSID have approved long-awaited amendments to the centre’s rules for investment disputes, which promise to increase access, speed and transparency.

22 March 2022

German constitutional court upholds provisional application of CETA

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has rejected several challenges to the provisional application of a controversial free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.

16 March 2022

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