Hong Kong's long-awaited legislation permitting third parties to fund arbitrations and related proceedings takes effect today. As heralded in our earlier posts, this is a widely welcomed development in one of the world's leading arbitral seats, and is expected to… Read more

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.… Read more

Hong Kong’s funding code published

As noted in our earlier post, Hong Kong published its long-awaited Code of Practice for Third Party Funding of Arbitration on 7 December 2018. Publication of the Code has removed the final hurdle to third party funding of Hong Kong… Read more

KCAB Releases Draft Protocol on Video Conferencing

At the 7th Asia Pacific ADR Conference in Seoul earlier this month, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) unveiled its Draft Seoul Protocol on Video Conferencing in International Arbitration. The Draft Protocol is intended to serve as a guide for… Read more

First Emergency Arbitration Procedure in China

The Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) recently administered the first emergency arbitration proceeding in mainland China. Wei Sun was the emergency arbitrator who heard the application and he has since published a discussion of the matter online. Although the decision has… Read more

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… Read more

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 &… Read more

Hong Kong confirms IP rights are arbitrable

Hong Kong has introduced amendments to its Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) (Ordinance), clarifying that disputes over intellectual property rights (IPRs) may be resolved by arbitration and that it is not contrary to Hong Kong public policy to enforce arbitral awards… Read more

SCIA updates its rules to hear investor-state arbitrations

The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (“SCIA”), formerly CIETAC's Shenzhen Sub-commission, published its latest rules (the "Rules") on 26 October 2016. The Rules will take effect on 1 December 2016. This is the first time that SCIA has revised its rules… Read more

New Zealand amends its Arbitration Act

New amendments to the New Zealand Arbitration Act 1996 (Act) received Royal Assent on 17 October 2016, and will come into force on 1 March 2017. There are two key amendments to the Act: Definition of ‘arbitral tribunal’ Previously, an… Read more

Briana Young appointed to HKIAC Council

Briana Young, Professional Support Consultant in Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office, has been appointed to the Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Briana is the third Herbert Smith Freehills' appointee to the governing body of the… Read more