Laws, treaties and soft law

California open to business after signing new bill into law

California – the world’s fifth-largest economy – looks set to overhaul its reputation as an arbitral hub after its governor approved a bill expressly permitting out-of-state and foreign lawyers to appear in international arbitrations seated there.

19 July 2018

UNCITRAL approves draft treaty to enforce mediated settlements

A “New York-style Convention” aimed at ensuring the cross-border enforceability of international settlement agreements arising from mediation is one step closer to fruition after the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law finalised the text of the draft treaty earlier this week.

29 June 2018

Radical proposals in draft Netherlands Model BIT

UPDATED WITH LINKS. The Netherlands has published a new draft model bilateral investment treaty, which abandons the system of party-appointment of arbitrators and prohibits “double hatting” (acting as both counsel and arbitrator) in investment disputes, among other striking and possibly trail-blazing changes.

16 May 2018

Working group unveils cybersecurity protocol at ICCA

A GAR award-winning joint working group formed by ICCA, the New York City Bar Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution has unveiled a draft protocol on cybersecurity in international arbitration at the ICCA Congress in Sydney.

17 April 2018

NAFTA talks make little headway as US updates objectives for ISDS reform

The latest round of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement have come to an end with no real sign of progress, although the administration of US president Donald Trump has updated its objectives with regard to the reform of investor-state dispute settlement among other matters.

22 November 2017

Mauritius Convention ushers in new era

The Mauritius Convention on Transparency has entered into force today after being ratified by Mauritius, Canada and Switzerland – meaning a commitment to transparency will become part of the treaty-based investor-state dispute settlement regime of these three states.

18 October 2017

HKIAC seeks public comment on rules update

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has invited practitioners to weigh in on proposed amendments to its administered arbitration rules - including whether it should develop its own rules for investment arbitration.

08 September 2017

New ICC rules take effect as note released

The new ICC Rules of Arbitration take effect today while a revised note to parties and arbitrators seeks to prevent delay in new expedited proceedings, ensure reasons are provided for decisions and govern the conduct of participants in arbitrations for the first time.

01 March 2017

Mixed reviews for Bulgaria’s revised arbitration law

Bulgaria has made sweeping amendments to its arbitration law in a bid to curb potential abuses to the system – though some specialists warn that the changes may fail to cure the problem and increase the state’s control over arbitration.

16 February 2017

Australian centre publishes tribunal secretary guidelines

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration has launched a new panel of tribunal secretaries, together with guidelines on their role.

23 January 2017

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