JCAA Announces New Sets of Rules

Overview The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) has issued an announcement that it is (i) amending its two current sets of arbitration rules and (ii) introducing a revolutionary set of rules designed to provide efficient and cheap civil-law style arbitration. In its introduction to an initial call for public comments on the drafts, the JCAA … Read more

Breakfast panel with TPP negotiators on 7 January 2016: Investor-state dispute settlement under the trans-pacific partnership

Join us for a panel discussion on the dispute resolution system in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), presented by experts in international arbitration, as well as members of TPP government negotiating teams from Peru and Mexico. They will discuss the controversies arising out of the TPP's adoption of investor state arbitration. Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 Time: … Read more

Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17. The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how dispute resolution tools and institutions should respond to the needs of 21st century business.  In particular, it … Read more

China’s highest court addresses CIETAC split

The Supreme People’s Court of China (the SPC) has taken steps to bring consistency to decisions involving CIETAC, China’s largest arbitral commission, and its breakaway sub-commissions in Shanghai and Shenzhen. (See our posts of 14 August 2012 and 12 July 2013 for more detail on the CIETAC split.) In the wake of the split, Chinese courts have … Read more

Getting Commercial: Proposal for a Singapore International Commercial Court

At the opening of the legal year in January 2013, the Chief Justice of Singapore announced a committee to consider the feasibility of establishing a Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”). This committee, comprising judges, in-house counsel and practitioners from Singapore and other common law jurisdictions, recently released its recommendations on establishing the SICC (its report … Read more

Hong Kong tables amendments to arbitration law

On 28 March 2013, Hong Kong gazetted The Arbitration (Amendment) Bill 2013. The Bill will amend Hong Kong’s Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) to implement an arrangement for mutual enforcement of awards between Hong Kong and Macao, allow for enforcement of emergency arbitrator decisions in Hong Kong, and provide for court taxation of arbitration costs on … Read more

CIETAC Split: the latest developments and how to proceed

CIETAC Beijing announced on 1 August that it had suspended the authorisation of its Shanghai and South China (Shenzhen) sub-commissions to accept and administer arbitrations.  In response, the Shanghai and South China sub-commissions published a joint statement on 4 August, which declared that: they have been independent arbitration entities since their establishment the purported “authorisation” … Read more