Arbitration in India: a pro-arbitration approach?

Nick Peacock, Head of the India Disputes practice at Herbert Smith Freehills speaks with Moazzam Khan (Co-head International Dispute Resolution Practice at Indian law firm, Nishith Desai Associates) to discuss the current approach taken by the Indian courts towards arbitration. Nick… Read more

Arbitration in Dubai: two steps forward, one step back

Introduction Dubai promotes itself as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction, in line with its objective of attracting international business. A recent, much-publicised change to the UAE Federal Penal Code which introduces potential criminal sanctions for arbitrators, threatened to undermine this reputation. It… Read more

French Conseil d’État rules on scope of powers to set aside arbitral awards / Le Conseil d’État s’est prononcé sur l’étendue de son contrôle s’agissant de l’annulation d’une sentence arbitrale internationale

In a decision of 9 November 2016, the French Conseil d’État, France's highest administrative jurisdiction, ruled on the extent of its scope of review as regards annulment of an international arbitral award. The decision relates to an ICC arbitral award… Read more

Hong Kong confirms IP rights are arbitrable

Hong Kong has introduced amendments to its Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) (Ordinance), clarifying that disputes over intellectual property rights (IPRs) may be resolved by arbitration and that it is not contrary to Hong Kong public policy to enforce arbitral awards… Read more

Sydney Arbitration Week: 21-25 November 2016

Sydney Arbitration Week has commenced with an extensive and interesting programme of arbitration conferences, seminars and presentations. One of the key events is the Fourth International Arbitration Conference which is organised by the Business Law Section of the Law Council of… Read more

Dubai Arbitration Week

Dubai Arbitration Week is underway with an extensive programme of events. The CIArb Seminar opened proceedings on 13 November including a keynote address by Vincent Moran QC of Keating Chambers on "Turbulent and troublesome tribunals and the appearance of bias"… Read more

SCIA updates its rules to hear investor-state arbitrations

The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (“SCIA”), formerly CIETAC's Shenzhen Sub-commission, published its latest rules (the "Rules") on 26 October 2016. The Rules will take effect on 1 December 2016. This is the first time that SCIA has revised its rules… Read more


Following changes brought in by a number of other arbitral institutions including the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre is to amend its Arbitration Rules to bring them in line with modern arbitration practice and to ensure its… Read more

New Zealand amends its Arbitration Act

New amendments to the New Zealand Arbitration Act 1996 (Act) received Royal Assent on 17 October 2016, and will come into force on 1 March 2017. There are two key amendments to the Act: Definition of ‘arbitral tribunal’ Previously, an… Read more

Briana Young appointed to HKIAC Council

Briana Young, Professional Support Consultant in Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office, has been appointed to the Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Briana is the third Herbert Smith Freehills' appointee to the governing body of the… Read more

Russian Arbitration Reform: Key Changes

On 1 September 2016, the following federal laws came into force in Russia: the Federal Law On Arbitration (Arbitration Proceedings) in the Russian Federation and the Federal Law on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts which introduced a number of changes,… Read more


Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon: Adjudicator, advocate, or something in between? Coming to terms with the role of the party-appointed arbitrator The Herbert Smith Freehills-SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture Series was established in 2010 and was made possible by a term fund… Read more