Laws, treaties and soft law

No right to physical hearing in 22 countries, taskforce finds

An ICCA taskforce investigating the right to a physical hearing in international arbitration has found there is no express right to in-person hearings in the latest 22 countries it examined.

09 February 2021

The Artemis Accords: lift off for space law and arbitration?

The controversial Artemis Accords, which aim to bring international outer space law into the 21st century, were unveiled by NASA last year. Matthew Weiniger QC and Akshay Sewlikar of Linklaters consider the role international arbitration might play in the new legal framework for outer space activities.

22 January 2021

New Swiss law enters force

The new Swiss arbitration law has entered force, with an English translation now available.

11 January 2021

Belgium seeks ECJ opinion on revamped ECT

Belgium has asked the European Court of Justice to weigh in on the intra-EU application of the arbitration provisions in a future update of the Energy Charter Treaty, as the European Commission signals it may propose withdrawal from the treaty if core objectives for reform are not met.

03 December 2020

Hong Kong-China enforcement arrangement updated after two decades

Twenty years after it was first signed, the Hong Kong government and Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China have updated their arrangement on mutual enforcement of awards, paving the way for all mainland China-seated awards to be enforceable in Hong Kong irrespective of the administering authority.

01 December 2020

Firms publish new online case management protocol

Six law firms have launched a protocol for online case management in international arbitration following a global consultation process, promoting it as the new “industry standard.”

30 November 2020

IBA evidence rules set for revision

The International Bar Association’s arbitration committee has unveiled its proposed revisions to the rules on the taking of evidence – as well as its new line up of officers for 2021.

20 November 2020

Sierra Leone joins New York Convention

Sierra Leone has become the 166th state party to the New York Convention.

10 November 2020

What's in the new ICC rules?

Although the new version of the ICC rules will not be officially unveiled until later this year, GAR can exclusively reveal some of the changes.

08 October 2020

New ICC rules to take effect next year

A new version of the ICC rules of arbitration will take effect on 1 January 2021, after revisions were approved by the ICC executive board.

08 October 2020

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