GERMAN COURT CONFIRMS THRESHOLD FOR VALIDITY OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS

    Introduction In a decision dated 6 February 2020 (“Decision”), the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, “BGH”) confirmed the long-standing pro-arbitration friendly case law of German courts that the threshold of a valid arbitration agreement is low (BGH, 6.2.2020, I ZB 44/19). In this case it was held that the parties’ intentions to arbitrate could … Read more

    LAUNCH OF PROTOCOL ON ONLINE CASE MANAGEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION, BY A CROSS-FIRM WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED AND CHAIRED BY HSF

    In recent years, international arbitration has been changing to keep pace with new technologies and the trend towards digital. This trend is further accelerating in the wake of COVID-19, and a crucial aspect of the transition to a fully online process in international arbitration lies in the use of robust and secure online case management … Read more

    Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) launches new arbitration rules for public consultation

    On Wednesday, 1 July 2020, the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), launched its new International Arbitration Rules for public comment. The international Drafting Committee was chaired by Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer and included other high profile individuals including Ndanga Kamau, Jennifer Kirby, Lise Bosman, Chiann Bao, Remy Gerbay and Jonathan Ripley-Evans (Director, HSF Johannesburg). … Read more

    ENGLISH COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS STAY OF COURT PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOUR OF ARBITRATION, AS RELIEF UNDER THE COMPANIES ACT 2006 FELL WITHIN THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND WAS ARBITRABLE

    In Bridgehouse (Bradford No. 2) Ltd v BAE [2020] EWCA Civ 759, the English Court of Appeal upheld a stay of court proceedings in favour of arbitration under s9 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Arbitration Act”). The issue in dispute related to a company’s claim for relief under section 1028(3) of the Companies … Read more

    RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF JUSTICE CLARIFIES RUSSIAN ARBITRATION LEGISLATION UPON JOINT REQUEST OF HKIAC AND VIAC

    In February 2020, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (the “HKIAC”) and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (the “VIAC”) jointly applied to the Russian Ministry of Justice (the “MOJ”) and the Council for the Development of Arbitration at the MOJ (the “Council”) for clarification of certain “grey areas” of Russian Arbitration legislation (the “Joint Request“). … Read more