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The Impact of the Arab Spring on International Arbitration

Laurence Franc-Menget, Avocat à la Cour and Of Counsel in Herbert Smith Freehills' Paris office, has published an article in the International Business Law Journal, examining the impact of the Arab Spring on international arbitration. The article considers a tentative … Continue reading

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Hong Kong confirms IP rights are arbitrable

Hong Kong has now enacted amendments to its Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609), clarifying that disputes over intellectual property rights (IPRs) may be resolved by arbitration and that it is not contrary to Hong Kong public policy to enforce arbitral awards … Continue reading

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Hong Kong allows third party funding for arbitration and mediation

Hong Kong's Legislative Council today passed a law allowing third parties to fund arbitrations seated in the territory, as well as work done in Hong Kong for arbitrations seated elsewhere, and for mediations. This development has been long anticipated, and … Continue reading

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Hong Kong court upholds execution against PRC State Owned Enterprise, rejecting claim of crown immunity

In TNB Fuel Services SDN BHD v. China National Coal Group Corporation HKCFI 1016, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance ("HKCFI") rejected a claim of crown immunity by a PRC State Owned Enterprise ("SOE") and upheld an order for … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court rules on staying execution of arbitral enforcement order

Overview In Israel Sorin (IZZY) Shohat v Balram Chainrai [2017] HKEC 1118, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance considered that enforcement of arbitral awards should be subject to the same regime as governs the stay of execution of an … Continue reading

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Singapore High Court holds mandatory arbitration agreement in company constitution operative despite earlier litigation

The Singapore High Court ("Singapore Court") has clarified a number of issues concerning the content, scope and operability of arbitration agreements.  Of particular note is the Singapore Court's view on the extent to which a party's choice to subject a … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance – end of the automatic opt-in

Parties entering into an agreement on or after 1 June 2017 that provides for arbitration in Hong Kong can no longer rely on Section 100 of Hong Kong's Arbitration Ordinance and automatically opt-in to Schedule 2 simply by providing for … Continue reading

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New KLRCA Rules 2017 – a step towards more efficient arbitrations in South East Asia

On 1 June 2017, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (the "KLRCA") published its updated arbitration rules (the "KLRCA Rules 2017"). The KLRCA has seen a steep increase in cases over recent years reflecting Malaysia's growing importance as a … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration rules, Asia, Procedures in arbitration, South East Asia

CIETAC launches first public-private partnership arbitration centre in China

On 16 May 2017, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) launched the CIETAC Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Arbitration Centre. The opening ceremony was attended by Wang Chengjie, the CIETAC Secretary General and Vice Chairman, Jiao Xiaoping, Director of … Continue reading

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Tribunal des Conflits clears jurisdictional divergence between French Supreme Court and Conseil d’État regarding enforcement of awards rendered in connection with certain public law contracts

In Tribunal des Conflits, 24 April 2017, C4075, the Tribunal des Conflits considered whether the administrative or ordinary courts had jurisdiction to hear an application to enforce an arbitral award made in respect of disputes arising under two public services contracts.

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