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Anticipated arbitration reforms in Australia

The Australian International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth) (Act) applies to all international arbitration proceedings in Australia. The Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Bill) is an omnibus bill which proposes to make certain amendments to the Act (as … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration laws, Australia, Confidentiality, Enforcement, UNCITRAL Model Law

Hong Kong Court Stays Proceedings to Arbitration

Overview In Polytec Overseas Ltd and another v. Grand Dragon International Holdings Co Ltd and others [2017] HKCFI 604, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance upheld the defendant's application under s. 20 of the Arbitration Ordinance to stay court … Continue reading

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All Australian States and Territories are now Model Law jurisdictions

By introducing the new Commercial Arbitration Act 2017 (ACT), the Australian Capital Territory is the last Australian State to adopt the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (the Model Law). At the Federal … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court confirms pro-arbitration stance

In U v A [2017] HKEC 468, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance dismissed an application to set aside an Order for enforcement of an ICC award rendered in Hong Kong. In her judgment, Mimmie Chan J reiterated that … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Awards, Challenges to awards, Enforcement, Hong Kong & China

Should I stay or should I go? Singapore High Court declines to stay arbitration pending review of jurisdictional ruling

Overview In a recent ex tempore judgment in the case of Loblaw Companies Limited v Origin & Co Ltd & Another [2017] SGHC 59 ("Loblaw v Origin"), the Singapore High Court declined to exercise its discretion under s10(9) of the … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Court intervention, Jurisdiction, Stays

Astro prevails again against First Media (Lippo) in Hong Kong

In the long running Astro/First Media (also known as Lippo) enforcement dispute, First Media has failed to obtain leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong in respect of First Media's recent loss in the Court … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Challenges to awards, Enforcement, Hong Kong & China, Jurisdiction

ICSID issues first award involving China as Respondent, finding in host state’s favour

In an award dated 9 March 2017, the Tribunal in an ICSID arbitration between Korean investor Ansung Housing Co., Ltd and China dismissed all claims as time-barred. The Claimant's attempt to circumvent the limitation period by relying on the most … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, East Asia, Hong Kong & China, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Public International Law

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Response to EU Consultation: the Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

As discussed in our blog post here, on 21 December 2016 the EU Commission launched a public consultation on the multilateral reform of the investment dispute settlement system. The consultation closed on 15 March 2017 with a full report of the responses anticipated later … Continue reading

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Filed under Advice on State Contracts and Disputes, Arbitration proceedings, EU, Europe, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, News, Trade Agreements

Important Second Circuit Decision on Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards

In a significant recent judgment, CBF Industria De Gusa S/A v. AMCI Holdings, Inc. (2d Cir. 2017), the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the Second Circuit) considered an arbitral award's preclusive effects and its ability to … Continue reading

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Filed under Awards, Enforcement, New York Convention, The Americas

New York Convention 1958 to enter force in Angola on 4 June 2017

Angola has become the 157th Contracting State to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. On 6 March 2017, Angola deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention with the UN Secretary General.  Under … Continue reading

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