LATEST EDITION OF ASIA PACIFIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

Disruption, downturn and recovery tend to generate more disputes – and in Asia Pacific cross-jurisdiction operations and investments increase that risk. Our 2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific is your roadmap to potential problems in these fast-changing times, especially for those new to the region’s complex legal landscape. From the basics of each … Read more

Podcast: Japan International Dispute Resolution Centre: A key milestone for international arbitration in Japan?

The new, state-of-the-art Japan International Dispute Resolution Centre (JIDRC), officially launched in October 2020. Following the opening of the JIDRC Osaka two years ago, the launch of their new Tokyo facilities highlights Japan’s continued ambitions to become a leading seat for international arbitration. David Gilmore, Craig Shepherd and John Ribeiro from our international arbitration practice in Japan discuss the key features of … Read more

INDIA AMENDS ARBITRATION LAW RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF AWARDS TAINTED BY FRAUD AND ARBITRATOR QUALIFICATIONS

In a little heralded development, the Government of India passed the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (the “Ordinance”) on 4 November 2020 to amend the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 (the “Act”) with immediate effect. The Ordinance introduces provisions to stay the enforcement of arbitral awards tainted by fraud, and deletes certain provisions … Read more

AIAC receives a Director after eight month vacancy

On 16 November 2020, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department announced that former Malaysian federal court judge, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, has been appointed Director of the Kuala Lumpur-based Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) effective 1 December 2020. The third former judge to take this office and the first in 13 years, Suriyadi will … Read more

STATE-OF-THE-ART HEARING FACILITY IN TOKYO OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES

On 12 October 2020 the new Tokyo hearing facility of the Japan International Dispute Resolution Centre (JIDRC) officially launched. The opening ceremony for the purpose built, state-of-the-art facility – held in person at its premises in central Tokyo and joined virtually by participants from around the world – represents a key milestone in Japan’s quest … Read more

INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN AUSTRALIA IN 2020 – STATE OF PLAY

International arbitration continues to play an increasingly important role in Australia. In this note we canvass some of the key developments in the international arbitration space in 2020, including: Recent judicial support for international arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards, reaffirming Australian courts’ pro-arbitration stance. Australia’s ratification of the Mauritius Convention, the recently announced … Read more

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS – SMU ASIAN ARBITRATION LECTURE

This year marks the tenth edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills – SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture Series. We are delighted that Ms Loretta Malintoppi from 39 Essex Chambers will deliver the lecture on Thursday 22 October, on the topic “Don’t Shoot the Sheriff: The Threat of Legal Claims Against Arbitrators and Arbitral Institutions”. The Herbert Smith Freehills-SMU Asian Arbitration … Read more