Premium article - June 21, 2011
A meeting of the European chapter of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum included a lively trans-Tasman debate between Stuart Dutson of Eversheds and Audley Sheppard of Clifford Chance, who took on the roles of "academic Aussie" and "practical Kiwi". The debate's referee, Andy Moody of Eversheds, and his colleague Greg Falkov report.
Premium article - June 15, 2011
Former and current government advisers from Australia, Ecuador, Norway, South Africa and the US met at the London School of Economics on 23 May to share their experiences of redrafting bilateral investment treaties. Ekaterina Finkel of Baker & McKenzie in London reports.
Premium article - June 13, 2011
Arbitrators in investor-state cases should be more mindful of their role in shaping international legal standards and be prepared to consider environmental and human rights law when making their decisions, delegates at the ICCA 50th anniversary conference heard. Judge Bruno Simma of the International Court of Justice told the conference that arbitrators should be encouraged to integrate human rights law in their awards to strengthen the legitimacy of the investment treaty regime. He said that states...
Premium article - June 09, 2011
A panel organised by the Hong Kong under-45 group HK45 on 11 May considered the role of arbitral institutions in the future development of international arbitration - with innovation in cost-saving methods and revised rules emerging as paramount. Ula Cartwright-Finch, associate at Herbert Smith in Hong Kong, reports.
Premium article - June 05, 2011
Singapore's attorney general and the former head of arbitration at Rajah & Tann, Sundaresh Menon SC, spoke of the city state's upward trajectory as an arbitration centre at the second Singapore International Arbitration Forum. Alison Ross reports
Premium article - June 03, 2011
The UK case of Jivraj v Hashwani has led the arbitration community to fiercely defend nationality requirements for arbitrators - but does it actually matter where the members of a panel come from? asked delegates at the GAR Live conference in Singapore.
Premium article - June 02, 2011
A conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on 27 and 28 May examined legislative reforms, technological challenges and the pros and cons of arb-med in the Asia-Pacific region. Douglas Jones AM, CIArb president and partner at Clayton Utz in Sydney, reports.
Premium article - May 25, 2011
International arbitration has successfully been employed to settle disputes involving investors and states, sport and the internet, but Jan Paulsson warns it may not be a panacea for problems in the financial markets.
Premium article - May 01, 2011
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Constantine Partasides shared his favourite statistic relating to investment arbitration: more than 80 per cent of ICSID awards are enforced voluntarily (more than 90 per cent before Argentina started digging in its heels in recent cases). Alison Ross reports
Premium article - May 01, 2011
There has been a growth in a "particularly pernicious" form of tactical challenge to arbitrators designed to derail a tribunal whether or not the challenge succeeds, said the chairman of the ICC Court of Arbitration, John Beechey, at an event in Cyprus on 28 March.