Premium article - April 28, 2016
In-house counsel and prominent arbitration practitioners resisted the lure of blue skies and fresh snowfall in the Swiss Alps to spend an afternoon in Zurich discussing recent developments in alternative dispute resolution for IP and technology disputes. Anya George, senior associate at host firm Schellenberg Wittmer, reports.
Premium article - May 04, 2016
The German Institution of Arbitration's spring conference saw the launch of a process to update the 1998 DIS rules and discussion of "new energies" in dispute resolution in a city that is seeing a wind energy boom in the North Sea. James Menz, counsel at Schellenberg Wittmer in Zurich, reports on this and a companion DIS 40 event that included a keynote speech by Hans van Houtte.
Premium article - May 26, 2016
Treaty negotiators, academics, practitioners and students gathered in Washington, DC, and London for conferences organised by the International Arbitration Institute on treaty-making in investment law. Mikaël Schinazi, a PhD candidate at Sciences Po, Paris, and an LLM student at Columbia Law School, and Margaret Clare Ryan, a senior associate in the international arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling, report.
Premium article - June 03, 2016
Practitioners, academics and government officials gathered in Nairobi and later Mogadishu for the first Somali International Arbitration Summit, to assist Somalia's recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the civil war. Ayan Islam of the University of DC, Maryan Hassan of the federal government of Somalia, Ilham Kabbouri of Taylor Wessing and Zain Jinnah, an incoming associate at White & Case, report.
Premium article - June 08, 2016
The latest IBA International Arbitration Day in Shanghai provided occasion for Young ICCA and the under-40 group of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, ICDR Young & International, to debate the future of environmental disputes in Asia and the quirks of witness testimony in Asian arbitrations. Stuart Bruce and Holly Blackwell of King & Wood Mallesons report.
Premium article - July 12, 2016
The annual workshop of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) examined the theory and practice of obtaining interim relief from an arbitral tribunal or emergency arbitrator and featured a conversation with Dutch arbitrator Albert Jan van den Berg. Mark Stadnyk of Norton Rose Fulbright in New York reports on behalf of the ITA.
Premium article - July 20, 2016
Ahead of the UEFA European Championships and with the Rio Olympics looming, the Paris Very Young Arbitration Practitioners Group held its first conference focused on arbitration and sports, inspired by "Match of the Day".William Brillat-Capello of Betto Seraglini and Chloé Vialard of Shearman & Sterling report on the event, which saw discussion of the strengths and shortcomings of CAS arbitration and reflections on former UEFA president Michel Platini's recent appeal to the court by his...
Premium article - July 19, 2016
Brexit has raised questions over the future of London as a seat but, at the time of the 20th anniversary "which seat" debate organised by the Franco-British Legal Society, that was still an unimaginable prospect. Irish barrister Arran Dowling-Hussey reports on the event looking at the respective advantages of five European cities. The debate saw John Tackaberry QC of 39 Essex Chambers in London, John Gordon SC of the Law Library in Dublin, Denis Bensaude of the Paris Bar,Jean-Paul Vulliety of...
Premium article - July 21, 2016
Rishab Gupta and Aonkan Ghosh, counsel and associate at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, report on a seminar of the Indian Council of Arbitration in New Delhi that reflected on the recent changes to international arbitration in India. In the past 12 months, India has seen significant developments in the field of arbitration, including wholesale amendments to the Indian Arbitration Act and the introduction of a new model bilateral investment treaty. The seminar brought together well-known Indian...
Premium article - August 02, 2016
A "Swiss chalet debate" organised by ICDR Young & International explored two prominent issues pertaining to the costs and efficiency of the arbitration procedure. Michelle Chan, of Sidley Austin in Geneva and London, reports. The event on 24 May comprised debates on whether arbitral tribunals should be required to provide parties with a preliminary case assessment after the first round of briefs, and whether arbitral tribunals can and should award success fees agreed between counsel...