REUTERS | David W Cerny
REUTERS | David W Cerny

The so-called Prague Rules were published in draft form very early on. Since then, there have been a number of revisions with updated drafts being published. This was perhaps one of the reasons why they attracted so much attention (primarily in the form of criticism) from the arbitration community. With one final revision of the text to go and with the launch of the Prague Rules scheduled for 14 December 2018 in Prague, it may be a good time to look at why they may be needed. Continue reading

REUTERS | Rickey Rogers

In Daesang Corp. v NutraSweet Co., the Appellate Division, First Department reversed the decision of a New York Supreme Court Commercial Division Justice (the court of first instance) that had vacated an international arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). Continue reading

REUTERS | Gleb Garanich

Roughly translated as “remember to dot your i’s and cross your t’s”, the phrase “Rasstavit tocki nad i” is quite an apt description for some of the lessons learnt from recent judgments of the Russian courts on the enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards in Russia. Continue reading

REUTERS | Denis Balibouse

The English Arbitration Act 1996 (AA 1996) proceeds on the basis that it is for the tribunal, not the court, to rule on its own jurisdiction, at least in the first instance. The Departmental Advisory Committee (DAC) hoped that legislative endorsement of the principle of kompetenz-kompetenz would “avoid delays and difficulties when a question is raised as the jurisdiction of the tribunal”. Continue reading

REUTERS | Kacper Pempe

It is not very fashionable in investment arbitration circles to suggest that investment treaty arbitration could learn a thing or two from court proceedings, but two recent judgments of the English High Court, PAO Tatneft v Ukraine and GPF GP S.à.r.l. v Republic of Poland, give some credence to the suggestion. In particular, the judges’ decisions provided a rigorous analysis of two doctrines of international investment law which merit reflection. Continue reading

REUTERS | Arnd Wiegmann

The Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects (SIA) has issued new arbitration rules, replacing the predecessor rules from 1977. The new rules entered into force on 1 January 2018 and apply to all arbitration proceedings under the SIA Rules initiated after 1 January 2018, irrespective of when the parties entered into their arbitration agreement. Continue reading

REUTERS | Darren Whiteside

This is the second part of a blog on basic trends and developments in investment arbitration in the Middle East. Part 1 discussed in some detail the procedural framework for bringing investor claims against a Middle Eastern host state, highlighting in particular potential avenues of redress under national investment laws, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), multilateral investment treaties (MITs) and free trade agreements (FTAs). Of particular interest is recourse under two MITs that are specific to the Middle Eastern region: Continue reading

REUTERS | Vasily Fedosenko

Roy Cohn, the well-known US lawyer, said, “I don’t want to know what the law is, I want to know who the judge is”. One of the advantages of arbitration over court litigation is that the parties know from the outset the arbitrator(s) who will be making the decisions in their case. As international arbitration practitioners, we believe that by knowing the identity of the arbitrator(s) at an early stage, we can better predict how a case may play out: how a tribunal is likely to respond to particular interlocutory applications; what their view of the “merits” might be; how long it might take to get a decision. In disputes where arbitrators are party appointed, parties want as much knowledge of potential arbitrators as possible before appointing them. In disputes where arbitrators are appointed by arbitral institutions, parties want to better understand the arbitral selection process and have as much information about the arbitrators once appointed. Continue reading