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Strong early support for the Pledge

Wed, 2016-05-18 05:33

The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, an initiative to increase the number of female arbitrators, had 260 signatories this morning before its launch at GAR Live London.

The baseline: gender diversity on tribunals at the end of 2015

Wed, 2016-05-18 05:19

In preparation for the launch of the Pledge, steering committee member Lucy Greenwood of Norton Rose Fulbright compiled data on the appointment of women arbitrators at different institutions last year – providing a baseline against which progress can be measured.

Ecuador held liable again over windfall oil profits levy

Tue, 2016-05-17 12:27

An UNCITRAL tribunal has ordered Ecuador to pay more than US$30 million to US company Murphy Oil after ruling that the state’s 99 per cent levy on windfall oil profits breached a bilateral investment treaty.

DLA Piper promotes counsel on both sides of the Channel

Tue, 2016-05-17 09:57

DLA Piper has promoted four international arbitration specialists to counsel level in Paris and London, including its global practice manager and lawyers who have done key work for Moldova and Gazprom.

From Iceland to Mauritius: Young ICCA co-chair makes debut

Tue, 2016-05-17 09:50

Icelandic lawyer Garðar Víðir Gunnarsson took to the stage at the ICCA Congress in Mauritius last week as the newly elected co-chair of Young ICCA, which now has 3,000 members worldwide.

Bae Kim & Lee recruits from SIAC

Tue, 2016-05-17 08:33

Julia Ji-Yeon Yu has joined South Korean firm Bae Kim & Lee after more than three years as counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, where she saw a record number of cases registered in her last year.

Argentina to settle more treaty awards

Mon, 2016-05-16 13:07

Continuing a recent trend of settling investor disputes, Argentina has announced it will pay US$217 million to satisfy two investment treaty awards – including one that gave rise to high-profile US Supreme Court proceedings.

Rowley: London arbitration under attack

Mon, 2016-05-16 11:51

J William Rowley QC, an arbitrator at 20 Essex Street in London and chairman of the LCIA board, responds to a recent lecture by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas, calling for greater court oversight of international arbitration.

Japanese drugmaker wins damages over Indian M&A

Mon, 2016-05-16 10:33

An ICC tribunal has ordered the former owners of an Indian pharmaceutical company to pay US$525 million to a Japanese buyer that accused them of concealing information about a drug safety probe ahead of a share purchase.

PCA publishes Philip Morris v Australia award

Mon, 2016-05-16 09:03

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has published a redacted version of an award from last year that dismissed a controversial multibillion-dollar treaty claim by tobacco group Phillip Morris over Australia’s plain-packaging legislation.

EDF defeats claims by German federal state

Fri, 2016-05-13 13:01

France's EDF International has defeated claims over the controversial sale of its stake in a power company to the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg after an ICC tribunal ruled that there was no state aid involved and that the claims were an abuse of European law.

“Monkeys fighting over bread”: Indian court lifts anti-arbitration injunctions

Fri, 2016-05-13 10:02

UPDATED: The Delhi High Court has lifted injunctions that restrained two foreign-seated UNCITRAL arbitrations brought by oil companies against India – while deploring the parties’ continued disagreement over whether one of the cases is seated in Kuala Lumpur or London.

ICC stats for 2015 feature data on women arbitrators

Fri, 2016-05-13 07:55

The ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris has unveiled its 2015 caseload statistics – including its first-ever published data on female arbitrators.

Italian arbitrator disqualified after bribery challenge

Thu, 2016-05-12 09:11

An Italian arbitrator accused of taking a bribe to determine the outcome of a €3 billion dispute between a US insurer and its former business partner has been removed from the case by a court in Milan.

Food for thought for Venezuela after family business files third claim

Thu, 2016-05-12 04:23

Venezuela is facing a third investment treaty claim over the alleged expropriation of a prominent family’s assets in the country’s food industry.

Robert von Mehren 1923-2016

Thu, 2016-05-12 02:30

Robert von Mehren, a pioneer of international arbitration and mentor of leading figures in the field, has died at the age of 93.

Know your limits, Lord Hoffmann warns arbitrators

Wed, 2016-05-11 11:20

Arbitrators perform an honourable part in the promotion of economic growth and human happiness by peacefully and effectively resolving disputes, but must observe the limits of their role, warned Lord Hoffmann in an address at the ICCA Congress in Mauritius.

HKIAC secretary general joins Skadden

Wed, 2016-05-11 11:00

Chiann Bao, who has built the profile of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre as secretary general for the past six years, is to return to private practice at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in Hong Kong.

PCA counsel to succeed HKIAC's Bao

Wed, 2016-05-11 10:18

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has named the longest serving senior legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration as the successor to departing secretary general Chiann Bao.

Time to “relocalise” arbitration in Africa, ICCA told

Tue, 2016-05-10 11:23

International arbitration’s contribution to the rule of law in Africa is being hindered by the reluctance of parties to use local arbitral institutions or appoint African arbitrators, Somalian judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf told the ICCA Congress in Mauritius yesterday.