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U.S. Supreme Court’s First Opinion of 2019: Kavanaugh Favours Arbitrators’ Power to Decide Arbitrability

The U.S. Supreme Court’s first opinion of 2019, written by recently appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, confirms the long-standing support of the Court for arbitrators to decide the issues of arbitrability of a dispute submitted to arbitration.  The unanimous ruling defends … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitrability, Arbitration laws, Arbitration proceedings, The Americas

Hong Kong Court of Appeal ends 12-year Xiamen v Eton Properties saga

As discussed in this post, Xiamen Xingjingdi Group Co Ltd (XJ) and various co-defendants affiliated with Eton Properties Ltd (together, EP) have been involved in a long-running dispute in multiple fora, including a PRC-seated CIETAC arbitration and several Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration clauses, Asia, Awards, Court intervention, Damages, East Asia, Enforcement, Hong Kong & China

SPC ISSUES PROVISIONS ON ACTION PRESERVATION IN IP RIGHTS DISPUTES

The Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) has released a new set of judicial interpretations concerning interim injunction applications for intellectual property rights (IP Rights)-related disputes. The Provisions on Application of Laws in Adjudication of Action Preservation Cases Involving Intellectual … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Court intervention, Hong Kong & China, Interim relief, Publications and Guides

ICC modifies standard arbitration clause to make explicit reference to the ICC International Court of Arbitration

As discussed in our recent blog post, the Moscow Arbitrazh Court and appeal courts recently found that a reference to the arbitration rules of an arbitral institution was not sufficiently clear evidence that the parties had agreed on that specific … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration clauses, Asia, Europe, Institutions

English court provides new guidance on summary dismissal process for groundless serious irregularity challenges

The English High Court has in the last few days proposed a procedurally strict approach to serious irregularity challenges under s68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 where these have already been dismissed on paper. The decision in Midnight Marine Ltd … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards, Europe

JCAA Announces New Sets of Rules

Overview The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) has issued an announcement that it is (i) amending its two current sets of arbitration rules and (ii) introducing a revolutionary set of rules designed to provide efficient and cheap civil-law style arbitration. … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration rules, Asia, Japan, Uncategorized

English Court upholds on paper dismissal of serious irregularity challenge with no prospects of success

The English High Court’s decision in Asset Management Corporation Of Nigeria v Qatar National Bank [2018] EWHC 2218 (Comm), handed down in July 2018 but only recently published, concerned the court’s dismissal on the papers of an application under section … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Arbitration Act 1996, Challenges to awards

Hong Kong’s funding code published

As noted in our earlier post, Hong Kong published its long-awaited Code of Practice for Third Party Funding of Arbitration on 7 December 2018. Publication of the Code has removed the final hurdle to third party funding of Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration laws, Asia, Hong Kong & China, News, Uncategorized

4th EFILA Annual Conference 2019: The EU and the future of international investment law and arbitration – 31 January 2019, London

The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) will be holding its fourth Annual Conference, on 31 January 2019, at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices in London. The conference will focus on four topics: the EU’s external investment policy; the … Continue reading

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Filed under Europe, Investment Arbitration, Public International Law

The threat of imprisonment for arbitrators in the UAE has been removed as Article 257 is amended

A decision by the federal government of the UAE to remove arbitrators from the scope of application of Article 257 of the UAE Penal Code has been welcomed by the arbitral community in the UAE and beyond. Federal Decree No. … Continue reading

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