Inside Arbitration Issue 17: Perspectives on cross-border disputes

We are delighted to share with you Issue 17 of Inside Arbitration from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice. In this issue, we delve into two critical topics facing many of our clients: the energy transition and digitalisation, and the growing overlap between the two as the world intensifies its efforts to develop innovative technologies … Read more

arbitrateAD: A STEP FORWARD FOR ARBITRATION IN ABU DHABI

The Middle East has recently seen a surge in the development of arbitration rules and institutions, with the launch of the Oman Commercial Arbitration Centre (2018) and updated rules for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (2022), the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration (2023), and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2024). These developments … Read more

ABU DHABI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES THE ‘ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE’ TO REPLACE THE ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL CONCILIATION AND ARBITRATION CENTRE FROM FEBRUARY 2024

On 20 December 2023, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced that the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC) will be shut down in early 2024, to be replaced with the Abu Dhabi International Arbitration Centre (styled as arbitrateAD). The Chamber of Commerce has stated that all existing arbitrations under the … Read more

New SCCA Rules: strengthening the case for arbitration in the KSA

On 1 May 2023, the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration (“SCCA“) announced the publication of its revised SCCA Arbitration Rules (the “new Rules“).  The new Rules apply to all arbitrations filed on or after 1 May 2023.  The new Rules replace the first edition of the Rules, which were published in 2016. One of the … Read more

DIAC PUBLISHES NEW RULES TO COME INTO FORCE ON 21 MARCH 2022

The wait is finally over: the updated DIAC Arbitration Rules 2022 (“2022 Rules”) were published last week and enter into force from 21 March 2022. The 2022 Rules will apply to all new requests for arbitration and exceptional procedures submitted after 21 March 2022, unless the parties agree otherwise. DIAC published draft rules in 2017 … Read more

IRAQ RATIFIES MAURITIUS CONVENTION ON TRANSPARENCY IN INVESTOR STATE ARBITRATION

Iraq has become the latest state to ratify the Mauritius Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor State Arbitration (the Mauritius Convention), having deposited its instruments of ratification at the UN Headquarters in New York and having previously signed the Mauritius Convention on 13 February 2017. The Mauritius Convention will come into force for Iraq on … Read more

IRAQ WILL BECOME THE 168TH SIGNATORY TO THE NEW YORK CONVENTION

On March 4, 2021, the Parliament of Iraq passed the “Law on the Accession of the Republic of Iraq to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards,” which, upon being published in the Official Gazette, will formally ratify the country’s anticipated accession to the Convention on the Recognition and … Read more