EU – Japan Economic Partnership Agreement announced

On 6 July 2017 the EU and Japan announced an agreement in principle on their Economic Partnership Agreement ("EPA").  The scale of this agreement is eye-popping: once in effect the EPA will cover nearly 40 percent of all goods exports,… Read more

Australia and China conclude free trade agreement

On 17 November 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australia and China had concluded a free trade agreement that has been under negotiation since April 2005. The agreement will now be prepared in… Read more

Developments in resolving cross-border disputes

With the increase of global commerce, it also becomes increasingly important to provide for effective and quick dispute resolution mechanisms across state borders. A number of developments in international law recognise this trend and seek to address it. These developments… Read more

The Impounded Boeing 737 – The Saga Continues

Following on from their previous article in Young Arbitration Review ("YAR"), "The Impounded Boeing 737", Herbert Smith Freehills associates Vanina Sucharitkul and Gregory Travaini have published a further article on Walter Bau AG v The Kingdom of Thailand entitled "The… Read more

A BIT more Indian investment arbitration

As the dust settles on a momentous General Election in India, many will also have noted a number of multinationals having commenced, or taken steps towards, arbitration claims against the Government of India under Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) in the… Read more

Recent Developments in India-related international arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued its latest Indian International Arbitration e-bulletin. The e-bulletin considers two decisions of the Delhi High Court – one which presents a novel interpretation of the Indian Arbitration Act while expanding the scope for court intervention… Read more

Myanmar: New York Convention to come into force 15 July

As reported in an earlier post, on 16 April 2013 Myanmar deposited an instrument of accession with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, consenting to be bound by the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral… Read more

UK: Myanmar (Burma) sanctions are lifted

As expected, the UK Government yesterday revoked the Burma/Myanmar (Financial Restrictions) Regulations 2009.  These regulations contained criminal penalties for breaches of financial sanctions.  The practical effect is that there are no more asset freezing and financial sanctions in respect of… Read more

Recent Developments in India-related international arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued its latest Indian International Arbitration e-bulletin. The e-bulletin considers two pro-arbitration decisions from the Indian courts as well recent decisions rendered by the English High Court and the Singapore Court of Appeal. The e-bulletin also comments… Read more

Myanmar accedes to the New York Convention

As reported in an earlier post, the Myanmar Parliament on 6 March 2013 approved plans to sign the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the "Convention"). While this was seen as a positive step… Read more

Thailand and the impounded Boeing 737

Herbert Smith Freehills associates Vanina Sucharitkul and Gregory Travaini have published an article entitled 'The Impounded Boeing 737' in the eighth edition of Young Arbitration Review. The article examines Thailand's efforts to restrict arbitration in foreign investment disputes involving government… Read more