Kenyan MPs approve motion to withdraw from the International Criminal Court

Kenyan MPs have voted in favour of leaving the International Criminal Court (ICC). The vote in the Kenyan National Assembly came just before the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in the ICC for crimes against humanity. They are accused of having orchestrated the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 and … Read more

Scotland Launches International Centre for Energy Arbitration

On 2 October 2013, the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, launched the International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA). The ICEA is a joint venture between the Scottish Arbitration Centre and the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee (CEPMLP) which aims to attract energy sector dispute resolution … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills contributes to Transnational Dispute Management’s (TDM) 10th Aniversary Issue

September saw the release of TDM Journal’s special aniversary issue: Ten Years of TDM. The TDM Journal is a comprehensive and innovative journal comprising contributions from well-known arbitration practitioners on the management of international disputes with a focus on the rapidly evolving area of investment arbitration, as well as  other significant areas of international investment.  The 10th anniversary issue … Read more

CIETAC split update: Chinese courts’ approach to enforcing awards rendered by SCIA and SHIAC

Since CIETAC announced on 1 August 2012 that it had suspended the authorisation of its Shanghai and South China (Shenzhen) sub-commissions to accept and administer arbitrations,there have been a number of developments. The former Shanghai and South China sub-commissions have asserted that they have been approved and established by their respective municipal governments as independent … Read more

New Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre opens in Korea

The new Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) opened its doors in Korea last month, signalling the rising trend in international arbitration in Asia. Attending the official launch were Herbert Smith Freehills’ disputes partners Tony Dymond, based in Seoul, and Justin D’Agostino, based in Hong Kong and Greater China, both of whom have specialist experience … Read more

Arbitration in South Korea: A New Phase Begins

To mark the opening of Herbert Smith Freehills’ new office in Seoul today, we examine arbitration in South Korea. Whilst the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) has reported growth in the number of international arbitrations, South Korea is seldom considered as a seat of international arbitration and use of the KCAB’s International Arbitration Rules has … Read more