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Progress towards a Multilateral Investment Court? EU-momentum building and divisions in UNCITRAL Working Group III

In the past few years, discontent about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS, a recognised shorthand for ad hoc arbitration of investor-state disputes) has been fomenting in various parts of the world but nowhere more so than within the EU. The European … Continue reading

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Indian Courts settle key issues relating to enforcement of awards

In five recent judgments, the Indian courts have offered important guidance on the enforcement of both domestic and international awards in India. This post first discusses three judgments of the Supreme Court of India (“Supreme Court“), clarifying the interpretation of … Continue reading

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2018 International Arbitration Survey – Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in the ASEAN region

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958, the “New York Convention”. Widely seen as one of the most successful international law treaties, the New York Convention was the … Continue reading

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English Court of Appeal reinstates the appointment of an arbitrator on the basis that he qualifies for appointment under the arbitration clause

In Allianz Insurance and Sirius International Insurance Corporation v Tonicstar Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 434, the English Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of the High Court on whether a party-appointed arbitrator met the contractual requirements as to requisite … Continue reading

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The English court sets aside a Tribunal’s findings of lack of jurisdiction under a BIT

In a decision dated 2 March 2018 (the “Decision“), the English High Court has set aside parts of an award on jurisdiction (the “Award“) from a London-seated arbitration (the “Arbitration“) concerning claims brought by GPF GP S.a.r.l (“Griffin“) against Poland … Continue reading

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Justin D’Agostino to lead ICC Court’s new Belt and Road Commission

Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Head of Disputes, has been appointed chair of a new ICC Court commission to develop the ICC’s approach to dispute resolution procedures for China’s Belt and Road initiative. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ method of … Continue reading

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Hong Kong court considers nature and arbitrability of lawyer-client fee disputes

In a decision dated 10 January 2018, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (Court) stayed its proceedings in favour of arbitration under an arbitration agreement between a firm of solicitors and its former clients. The Court held that there … Continue reading

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OHADA ARBITRATION REFORM – PUBLICATION OF THE NEW UNIFORM ACT ON ARBITRATION AND THE REVISED CCJA ARBITRATION RULES

Almost 18 years after the Uniform Act on OHADA arbitration law was adopted and the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration created (the CCJA), the OHADA Council of Ministers has adopted three new, very important, texts for arbitration and dispute … Continue reading

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Fiji’s International Arbitration Act 2017

On 15 September 2017,Fiji passed the International Arbitration Act 2017 (the Act). The Act, which is based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985 (incorporating the 2006 amendments) (Model Law), implements Fiji’s commitments … Continue reading

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China proposes dedicated “Belt and Road” court

Supreme People’s Court Monitor has published a highly informative article on proposals by the SPC relating to China’s”Belt and Road” initiative. These include establishing a dedicated court, along the lines of the Singapore International Commercial Court, to hear Belt & … Continue reading

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