Laws, treaties and soft law

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

Hong Kong to consider success fees in arbitration

Hong Kong's Law Reform Commission is to consider whether lawyers should be permitted to charge success fees for arbitrations seated there.

29 October 2019

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

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