Topic: Virtual hearings

Report warns of hidden psychological impact of virtual hearings

Practitioners’ experience of virtual hearings during the pandemic has been largely positive, a new Berkeley Research Group (BRG) report has found, while warning of psychological side effects including bias against those with technical issues, proceedings being difficult to police and “Zoom fatigue”.

07 September 2021

Russia can present new evidence in Yukos challenge

A Canadian appeal court has ruled that Russia can submit new evidence in its bid to set aside a jurisdictional award in a US$700 million Energy Charter Treaty case brought by a Yukos investor.

07 July 2021

Taskforce finds no right to physical hearing in 77 countries

An ICCA taskforce investigating the right to a physical hearing in international arbitration has released its third and final batch of reports, finding that there is no express right to in-person hearings in any of the 77 countries examined.

26 May 2021

IBA publishes updated evidence rules

New provisions on virtual hearings, illegally obtained evidence and undue influence on witnesses testifying remotely are among the newly published updates to the International Bar Association rules on the taking of evidence.

17 February 2021

No right to physical hearing in 22 countries, taskforce finds

An ICCA taskforce investigating the right to a physical hearing in international arbitration has found there is no express right to in-person hearings in the latest 22 countries it examined.

09 February 2021

Spain fails to unseat ICSID panel over refusal to travel

Spain has failed to disqualify an ICSID tribunal over its refusal to hold an in-person hearing during the covid-19 pandemic – and the failure of two of the arbitrators to disclose their participation in the Frankfurt Moot.

16 December 2020

Egypt's top court issues wide-ranging decision

Egyptian arbitrator Mohamed Abdel Wahab describes an important decision of Egypt's top court that considers matters including estoppel and waiver, whether foreign counsel can appear in arbitrations seated in the country, the scope of judicial review of arbitral awards and the approach to virtual hearings.

06 November 2020

Trial by Zoom on trial

Chiann Bao of Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong, and Ula Cartwright-Finch of Cortex Capital consider arbitrations by Zoom - and the impact of the exponential increase in screen use on cognitive performance and the adjudication of such cases.

25 September 2020

Virtual hearings: just a stop-gap?

Speakers at GAR Interactive: Europe discussed their experiences of virtual hearings during the covid-19 pandemic and the implications for advocacy, cross-examination, procedure and ethical conduct.

24 September 2020

Arbitration in the age of covid

A panel at GAR Interactive: Singapore highlighted the impact of covid-19 on commercial and investment arbitration and the challenges of virtual hearings, also asking whether it might lead parties to rethink their choice of arbitral seat.

10 September 2020

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