Laws, treaties and soft law

SIAC to revise arbitration rules

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre has begun the latest review of its arbitration rules, saying it will consider revisions dealing with consolidation, expedited procedures, challenges and new technology.

07 July 2020

Revised Swiss law gets approval

The Swiss parliament has approved the text of a revised international arbitration law, which makes English an admissible language for the filing of arbitration-related submissions before its top court in a bid to further enhance the country's popularity as an arbitral seat.

19 June 2020

No ISDS in draft UK-EU agreement

The UK has released the draft working text of its free trade agreement with the European Union – which does not appear to contain any mechanism for investor-state dispute settlement.

19 May 2020

New treaty spells end of intra-EU BITs

Two years after the Achmea ruling, a majority of EU member states have signed an agreement to terminate their intra-EU bilateral investment treaties, in what has been called the end of an era for investor-state arbitration in Europe.

06 May 2020

ICSID and UNCITRAL unveil draft conduct code

ICSID and UNCITRAL have released a long-awaited draft code of conduct for adjudicators in investment disputes – including proposals on double hatting, limitations on the number of cases that can be heard simultaneously and sanctions for unethical behaviour.

01 May 2020

Canada rushes through USMCA approval before coronavirus closure

Canada has become the final country to ratify the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, USMCA, after the state’s parliament rushed through legislation before a three-week closure to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

20 March 2020

Which law governs the arbitration agreement?

Ben Hornan, Jerome Finnis and Charlie Howell of Hogan Lovells in London consider the implications of the English Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Kabab-Ji v Kout for the question of which law governs an arbitration agreement.

27 February 2020

Tanzania proposes arbitration reforms amid investor backlash

The government of Tanzania has proposed a number of long-awaited reforms to its arbitration act, including the creation of a new arbitral institution – as the country responds to an investor backlash to its regulatory regime that has led to several investment treaty claims.

12 February 2020

Peru passes arbitration reform in wake of corruption scandal

As the international fallout from the Odebrecht corruption scandal continues, Peru has made several reforms to its arbitration law with the aim of increasing transparency for disputes involving state entities – drawing criticism from practitioners in the region who say the measures are ill-conceived.

28 January 2020

Working group releases cybersecurity protocol

A working group made up of representatives of ICCA, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Institute and the New York City Bar Association has released a cybersecurity protocol for international arbitration.

22 November 2019

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