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 include: The inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Resolution mechanisms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the … Read more

Australian Court upholds primacy of the arbitral fact finding process

On 16 July 2014, the Full Federal Court of Australia handed down its reasons for dismissing TCL Air Conditioner (Zhongshan) Co Ltd’s (TCL) appeal[1] from the Court’s decision in in Castel Electronics Pty Ltd v TCL Air Conditioner (Zhongshan) Co Ltd (No 2).[2] The decision clarifies the circumstances in which an arbitral award will be … Read more

Arbitration and related third parties: Victorian Court of Appeal to rule on application to stay litigation based on upstream NZ arbitration agreement

In a recent decision,[1] the Supreme Court of Victoria rejected a New Zealand company’s application to stay a third party claim against it. The NZ company argued that that the claim was required to be referred to arbitration and that argument was rejected largely on the basis that the relevant claimant (being a related third … Read more

The importance of getting the arbitration clause right

Summary A recent Federal Court of Australia case, Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S v Beach Building & Civil Group Pty Ltd (2012) 292 ALR 161 (DKN v BBCG), has highlighted the importance of parties carefully tailoring the arbitration and jurisdiction clauses in their agreements to reflect their particular circumstances. A failure to do so may have implications … Read more