Topic: Coronavirus

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

Seoul protocol on video conferencing unveiled

A new Seoul Protocol on Video Conferencing in International Arbitration, published by the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, offers guidance that could be useful for those holding virtual hearings and meetings from lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

02 April 2020

Kaplan: How we must adapt to covid-19

Arbitrator Neil Kaplan QC discusses how tribunals and institutions will have to adapt to the new era of social distancing ushered in by the coronavirus pandemic, calling for greater use of video conferencing and flexibility when it comes to compensating arbitrators for delayed cases.

30 March 2020

Could covid-19 emergency measures give rise to investment claims? First reflections from Italy

As Italy emerges as the country worst affected by the covid-19 pandemic, Massimo Benedettelli and other lawyers from ArbLit in Milan consider whether emergency measures passed by it and other countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect the economy could lead to claims under bilateral investment treaties.

26 March 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

Coronavirus disruption continues but guidance on hand

In the wake of the World Health Organization’s announcement that the coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic there has been further disruption in the arbitration world – along with the release of guidance to help practitioners work through the crisis without risk.

13 March 2020

The coronavirus: what impact?

GAR considers the impact of the coronavirus on international arbitration and how it might change the way cases are conducted.

07 March 2020

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