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

PRC court clarifies enforcement of Mainland award made by foreign institution

On 6 August 2020, Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court made a civil ruling that an arbitral award made in Guangzhou by the ICC should be regarded as a Chinese arbitral award with a foreign element. It follows that the award should be enforced under Article 273 of the PRC Civil Procedure Law, rather than under the … Read more

Beijing to open to foreign arbitral institutions

On 7 September 2020, the State Council of China published a policy paper on opening up the services sector in Beijing (“Work Plan for Deepening Comprehensive Pilot and New Round of Opening-Up of Services Sectors in Beijing and Building Comprehensive Demonstrative Area of Opening-up of State Services Sectors” or《深化北京市新一轮服务业扩大开放综合试点建设国家服务业扩大开放综合示范区工作方案》). The paper announces  that foreign arbitral … Read more

NOW OR NEVER: MALAYSIA CONFIRMS FAILURE TO OBJECT WAIVES RIGHT TO CHALLENGE

In Sunway Creative Stones Sdn Bhd v Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd and Anor [2020] MLJU 658, the Malaysian High Court refused to set aside an arbitral award because the applicant had not challenged the arbitrator’s jurisdiction and conduct when the issues arose during the arbitral proceedings. The Court emphasised that such lack … Read more