ICSID RELEASES 2019 CASE STATISTICS

    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) has released case statistics for 2019 and updated their records for cases since 1972 (available here). ICSID has historically administered the majority of investor-state claims and these statistics remain an important bellwether for trends in such disputes. The 2019 statistics show that a lower number of … Read more

    ENGLISH COMMERCIAL COURT RELEASES UPDATED S68 AND S69 STATISTICS: CHALLENGES DOWN, AND THE HURDLE FOR SUCCESS REMAINS HIGH

    In early February 2020, the Judiciary of England and Wales published the Commercial Court Users’ Group Meeting Report – November 2019 (“2019 Report”). The 2019 Report provides information and statistics relating to challenges to arbitral awards on the grounds of serious procedural irregularity under s68 and appeals on a point of law under s69 Arbitration … Read more

    THE SEYCHELLES ACCEDES TO 1958 NEW YORK CONVENTION

    On 3 February 2020, the Seychelles became the 162nd State party to the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention“).The Seychelles is the latest state to have joined the New York Convention framework following the most recent accessions of Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Cabo Verde and Sudan. Read more

    Malaysian High Court considers the legal test for obtaining subpoenas in aid of arbitration

    In Coneff Corporation Sdn Bhd v Vivocom Enterprise (Originating Summons No. WA-24C(ARB)-26-06/2019) the Malaysian High Court for the first time considered the test for an application to subpoena a witness to produce documents for the purpose of an arbitration and give evidence in arbitration proceedings. Background The plaintiff (“Coneff”) appointed the defendant (“Vivocom”) to construct … Read more

    PERU APPROVES ARBITRATION REFORM ON DISPUTES INVOLVING STATE ENTITIES

    On January 24, 2020, the Executive Branch of Peru approved the Emergency Decree No. 020-2020 (“Emergency Decree”), introducing amendments to the rules on international and domestic arbitration contained in Legislative Decree No. 1071 (“Peruvian Arbitration Law”). Interestingly, the modifications provided by the Emergency Decree only concern arbitration proceedings in which the State is involved as … Read more

    COURT OF APPEAL REFUSES TO ENFORCE AN ARBITRATION AWARD AGAINST A NON-PARTY

    In Kabab-Ji SAL (Lebanon) v Kout Food Group (Kuwait) [2020] EWCA Civ 6, the English Court of Appeal refused the enforcement and recognition of an arbitral award handed down by an ICC Tribunal seated in Paris, on the basis that the award was made against a non-party. This case provides helpful guidance on two significant … Read more

    Chinese Supreme People’s Court releases revised rules of evidence in civil proceedings and further policy paper on Shanghai’s Lin-gang Free Trade Zone

    The Chinese Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a series of judicial interpretations and opinions in December 2019 in relation to the rules of evidence in civil proceedings and further liberalisation of litigation and arbitration practice concerning the Ling-gang Special Area of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. In this post, we will share our thoughts … Read more

    ENGLISH COURT REJECTS S68 CHALLENGE MADE ON THE GROUNDS OF APPARENT BIAS

    In Rabbi Moshe Avram Dadoun v Yitzchok Biton [2019] EWHC 3441 (Ch), the High Court dismissed an appeal against an arbitral award (the “Award”) of the Beth Din of the Federation of Synagogues in London (the “Beth Din”) under s68 of the Arbitration Act (the “Act”). While there were unilateral and undisclosed communications between a … Read more