Laws, treaties and soft law

Italian court won’t enforce partially annulled ICC award

An Italian court has ruled it has no power to enforce the surviving parts of an ICC award relating to a Malaysian steel plant after it was partially set aside at the seat of the arbitration in Singapore.

22 September 2023

A new era for investment disputes across Africa?

The modernisation of the African investment treaty system and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area is underway, with the African Union’s adoption of the final draft of the investment protocol earlier this year, writes Thomas Kendra of Hogan Lovells in Paris.

20 September 2023

Reactions to UK arbitration reform proposals

Practitioners in the UK have been reacting to the Law Commission’s final recommendations for reform of the English Arbitration Act 1996 – with most praising its “pragmatic” approach but some disappointed at its refusal to address discrimination in arbitrator appointments.

08 September 2023

Draft bill published for reform of UK arbitration law

The Law Commission of England and Wales has published its final recommendations for reform of the Arbitration Act 1996, including on arbitrators’ disclosure duties and immunity, jurisdictional challenges to awards and deciding which law governs an arbitration agreement.

06 September 2023

Judgments convention enters force

The Hague Judgments Convention, which aims to create a multilateral system for enforcing foreign court judgments, has entered into force – though so far only EU member states and Ukraine are bound by it.

04 September 2023

UK considers withdrawal from ECT

The UK government has said it is considering withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty if signatories fail to adopt a modernised version of the treaty later this year.

01 September 2023

Silicon Valley centre seeks feedback on AI guidelines

The Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre (SVAMC) is inviting comments on its newly published draft guidelines on the use of artificial intelligence in international arbitration.

31 August 2023

SIAC seeks feedback on rules update

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre has launched a public consultation on the seventh edition of its rules.

22 August 2023

Czech Republic declares win in lottery terminal dispute

Cypriot companies owned by a former Czech senator have lost a US$164 million investment treaty claim against the Czech Republic over the cancellation of a licence to operate video lottery terminals.

28 July 2023

Portugal considers ECT withdrawal

Portugal is considering exiting the Energy Charter Treaty after the European Commission called for a coordinated withdrawal of the European Union and its member states.

21 July 2023

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