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Advocate General issues opinion that the EU does not have exclusive competence to conclude the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

In an opinion issued on 21 December 2016, EU Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC has concluded that the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) will need to be finalised by the European Union and the Member States acting jointly, i.e. entered … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Brexit, Europe, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Public International Law, South East Asia, Trade law, Treaty negotiation, interpretation and impact

Singapore-ITLOS Joint Declaration: A further step towards developing Singapore as an Asian Disputes Hub

At a ceremony in Singapore on 31 August 2015, representatives of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the Singaporean Ministry of Law signed a Joint Declaration for Singapore to provide facilities to ITLOS whenever it … Continue reading

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A step towards finalising the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: what does this mean for businesses?

As discussed in our blog post here, the TPP is a major free trade agreement between twelve countries in the Asia Pacific and the Americas that has been under negotiation for over four years. These twelve countries are the USA; … Continue reading

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Filed under Americas, Asia, Australia, East Asia, Investment Arbitration, Japan, Latin America, Malaysia, South East Asia, Trade law, Treaty negotiation, interpretation and impact, US, Vietnam

Leaked Investment Chapter of the TPP: broad similarities to the US Model BIT, a nod to the ongoing debate and some outstanding issues

On 25 March the 20 January 2015 working draft of the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was posted on Wikileaks. (There may be later drafts not yet publicly available, but this is the best guide yet to what … Continue reading

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Filed under Americas, Asia, Australia, Investment Arbitration, ISDS Reform

Singapore signs the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: a step in the right direction for the Singapore International Commercial Court

In our previous article The New Frontier, we discussed the launch of the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”) and in particular we questioned whether issues of cross border enforceability might impact the effectiveness of the new SICC. Last week, Singapore … Continue reading

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Hong Kong’s top court clarifies mental element in money laundering offence

In the recent case of HKSAR v Pang Hung Fai (FACC 8/2013), the Court of Final Appeal (the CFA) offered, for the first time, authoritative guidance on the mental element of “having reasonable grounds to believe” under section 25(1) of … Continue reading

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PCA–Hong Kong Host Country Agreement anticipates increase in disputes involving States in Asia

At a ceremony in Beijing on 4 January 2015, representatives of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China signed a Host Country Agreement and a related Memorandum of Administrative Arrangements to … Continue reading

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Korea and its trade partners appoint default arbitrators under free trade deals

In two separate recent developments, South Korea and its trade partners under international free trade agreements have agreed panels of default arbitrators available to hear disputes arising under the agreements. The South Korean Government has announced a list of default … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, East Asia, Investment Arbitration

Australia and China conclude free trade agreement

On 17 November 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australia and China had concluded a free trade agreement that has been under negotiation since April 2005. The agreement will now be prepared in … Continue reading

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Developments in resolving cross-border disputes

With the increase of global commerce, it also becomes increasingly important to provide for effective and quick dispute resolution mechanisms across state borders. A number of developments in international law recognise this trend and seek to address it. These developments … Continue reading

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