Topic: Tribunal secretaries

Belgian supreme court upholds ruling on tribunal secretaries

Belgium’s supreme court has affirmed a controversial ruling that ICC awards can be drafted by tribunal secretaries if their work is reviewed by the arbitrators.

24 May 2023

Belgian supreme court to rule on tribunal secretaries

Belgium’s Court of Cassation has been asked to review a court ruling that found the drafting of an ICC award by a secretary was not an improper delegation of the tribunal’s decision-making powers.

02 February 2022

Ask Jackie: LCIA chief takes questions in Paris

At a Q&A for Paris Arbitration Week, LCIA director general Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof discussed what makes the perfect arbitrator, why institutional appointments are a good thing, and the use of “closet” tribunal secretaries.

22 September 2021

Brussels court says tribunal secretaries can draft awards

UPDATED WITH TRIBUNAL: A Belgian court has refused to set aside an ICC award in favour of the European Commission on the basis of allegations that it was partly drafted by a tribunal secretary, ruling there was nothing wrong with the practice so long as their work is reviewed by an arbitrator.

30 June 2021

HKIAC reports on use of tribunal secretary service

Since the launch of its tribunal secretary service four years ago, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre legal counsel have been appointed as tribunal secretary on 20 occasions in a total of 19 arbitrations, the centre has reported.

05 September 2018

Gazprom attacks tribunal secretary role in Naftogaz award

In a move reminiscent of Russia’s challenge to the Yukos awards, Gazprom has alleged that a tribunal secretary drafted a “considerable portion” of a US$4.63 billion SCC award issued in favour of Ukrainian state entity Naftogaz earlier this year in a dispute over transit of gas.

29 May 2018

Australian centre publishes tribunal secretary guidelines

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration has launched a new panel of tribunal secretaries, together with guidelines on their role.

23 January 2017

LONDON: Secretary perspectives

12 October 2015

Fortier under fire again over Valasek ties

15 April 2015

Are tribunal secretaries writing awards?

09 November 2012

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