Laws, treaties and soft law

Mediation convention signed in Singapore

46 countries have today signed a “New York-style Convention” to facilitate the cross-border enforcement of international settlement agreements arising from mediation, with the US and China among its signatories.

07 August 2019

ICSID’s role in advancing investor-state mediation

As the Singapore Convention on Mediation opens for signature next month, ICSID senior legal counsel Frauke Nitschke details how the centre is working to support parties in the mediation of their investment disputes.

24 July 2019

Papua New Guinea accedes to New York Convention

Papua New Guinea has become the 160th state to accede to the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, as work on new international arbitration legislation continues.

19 July 2019

Indian reforms under scrutiny at GAR Live Mumbai

A panel at the inaugural GAR Live Mumbai considered proposed reforms to India’s arbitration law, including controversial provisions for a regulatory body with the power to grade institutions and new qualification requirements for arbitrators.

08 July 2019

Singapore seeks public input on law reform

The Singapore ministry of law has opened a public consultation on proposed amendments to the country’s international arbitration statute, including the possibility of appeals on questions of law, enforcement of confidentiality obligations and waiver of annulment grounds.

26 June 2019

CIArb releases witness conferencing guidelines

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has issued guidelines on witness conferencing in international arbitration that it hopes will help to “minimise the risks of the process going awry”.

30 April 2019

Challenging awards on a point of law: is Singapore moving against the trend?

As Singapore announces it is considering allowing appeals of arbitration awards on a point of law, Kohe Hasan and Justine Barthe-Dejean, partner and associate at Reed Smith (in alliance with Resource Law) in Singapore consider whether such a reform would be a move in the right direction.

18 April 2019

HKIAC to be licensed in Russia

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre is to become the first foreign arbitral institution licensed to administer cases in Russia after receiving approval from a regulatory body established under the country’s 2015 arbitration reforms.

09 April 2019

ICSID releases updated rule proposals

Following a public consultation, ICSID has published a second draft of its proposed amendments to the centre’s rules, including new provisions on third-party funding, arbitrator disqualifications and expedited proceedings.

18 March 2019

European Parliament approves EU-Singapore trade deal

The European Parliament has voted to approve free trade and investment protection agreements between EU and Singapore, including provisions for an “investment court system” that the European Commission views as a stepping stone towards multilateral reform of investor-state dispute settlement.

15 February 2019

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