IS ARBITRATION IN VENEZUELA IN DANGER?

Recently, the Constitutional Chamber of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (the “Court”) issued an interlocutory judgment ordering the Business Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (CEDCA) to stay an arbitration and to forward the arbitration file in order to decide on a request for “avocamiento” filed by one of the parties before the Court. Read more

LCIA REPORTS A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW CASES FOR 2019

The LCIA has published its Casework Report for 2019, showing a record number of new cases referred to the institution in 2019. The statistics reveal that the LCIA remains a leading centre for disputes in the banking and finance sector. The LCIA also demonstrated continued progress in the gender and nationality diversity of its arbitrator … Read more

AD HOC ARBITRATION ALIVE AND WELL IN LONDON: THE LATEST STATISTICS

Leading arbitral institutions regularly publish their case statistics, meaning there is reasonable visibility for the popularity of institutional arbitration. However, it is more difficult to reliably gauge ad hoc international arbitration trends across all sectors and jurisdictions. It is certainly clear from the new figures recently released by the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (“LMAA”) that … Read more

PRELIMINARY DISCOVERY IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE

The availability and scope of ‘discovery’ or document production significantly differs across jurisdictions, most notably when comparing litigation in common law and civil law courts. In the field of international arbitration, the compromise position adopted by the International Bar Association’s Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration is to permit disclosure of documents … Read more

Construction Arbitration Podcast Series Episode 4: Preparing your case

We are pleased to share the fourth episode in our Construction Arbitration podcast series, in which we look at the importance of case preparation, both at the outset of a case and beyond. In this episode James Doe (Partner, UK Head of Construction & Infrastructure Disputes), Maguelonne de Brugiere (Senior Associate, International Arbitration) and Olivia … Read more

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INDIA-RELATED ARBITRATION

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued the latest edition of its India arbitration e-bulletin. In this issue we consider various court decisions, which cover issues such as the constitutional validity of s87 of the Arbitration Act, setting aside an award on the grounds of bias, and the time limits surrounding enforcement of awards. In other news, … Read more

SECTION 1782 UPDATE: U.S. FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS THAT U.S. DISCOVERY CAN BE USED IN AID OF INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATIONS AND SUPREME COURT MAY NOW RESOLVE THE CIRCUIT SPLIT

The U.S. Supreme Court may soon have occasion to decide whether parties involved in international arbitrations outside of the U.S. can rely on 28 USC § 1782, “Assistance to foreign and international tribunals and to litigants before such tribunals,” to seek discovery from entities in the United States. In October 2019, we noted in this … Read more

ENGLISH HIGH COURT GRANTS CONDITIONAL STAY OF IP CLAIM

In an example of an interaction between intellectual property (“IP”) claims and arbitration, the English High Court granted a conditional stay of the claimants’ IP claim pursuant to s9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”) and its inherent case management jurisdiction. In AJA Registrars Ltd and another company v AJA Europe Ltd [2020] EWHC … Read more