Topic: Coronavirus

Can arbitration rescue trials stalled due to covid-19?

With courts subject to state lockdowns owing to the coronavirus pandemic, barristers Gordon Nardell QC and Angharad Parry of Twenty Essex in London are working on a protocol whereby cases in England and Wales that have stalled can be heard in arbitration instead – and say there is no reason why the approach should not be extended to other jurisdictions.

28 April 2020

Pandemic sinks settlement of Egyptian gas plant dispute

A settlement agreed by Egypt earlier this year to satisfy a US$2 billion ICSID award has fallen through, with sources suggesting the coronavirus is to blame.

27 April 2020

SCC offers ad hoc platform for free during pandemic

In an initiative to support online administration of proceedings in challenging times, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce is offering its secure digital platform for communications and file sharing between tribunals and parties free of charge for ad hoc cases started during the coronavirus pandemic.

24 April 2020

Covid-19: participants in SIAC case share success of virtual hearing

After Doug Jones called for the arbitration community to exchange feedback on cases conducted remotely using technology during the coronavirus pandemic, participants in an international commercial case under SIAC rules have shared their experience of conducting a case using technology provided by Maxwell Chambers in Singapore.

23 April 2020

Covid-19: leading institutions speak with one voice

In a display of unity, leading arbitral institutions have published a joint message in response to the coronavirus pandemic, emphasising their commitment to working together to overcome challenges.

16 April 2020

ICC releases guidance to mitigate coronavirus delays

The ICC International Court of Arbitration has outlined measures that can be taken to mitigate the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic on arbitral proceedings.

13 April 2020

Peru warned of potential ICSID claims over covid-19 measures

Peruvian officials have warned that a proposed emergency measure suspending the collection of toll fees on the country’s road network in response to the outbreak of covid-19 could result in multiple ICSID claims.

09 April 2020

Covid-19: learn from the Skagit Valley Chorale

David Branson, an arbitrator and counsel based in Washington, DC, points to the tragedy that befell a US choir to warn of the risks of holding an in-person arbitration hearing during the coronavirus pandemic and argues that, for technology to be successfully used instead, institutions need to provide "office theatres" with movie-quality sound and visuals.

08 April 2020

Delos updates covid-19 checklist

GAR Award-winning arbitral body Delos Dispute Resolution has updated its checklist on holding in-person arbitrations and mediation hearings during the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in particular to address a situation where one side wants to proceed with a case and the other to delay it.

03 April 2020

London court holds first virtual trial in Kazakh enforcement dispute

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the High Court in London has broadcast a virtual trial on YouTube for the first time in its history – as a group of Moldovan creditors attempt to enforce a US$541 million Energy Charter Treaty award against Kazakhstan.

02 April 2020

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