REUTERS | Denis Balibouse

The 2015 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)-White & Case survey identified the flexibility inherent in the arbitral process as one of its most valuable characteristics. New research by White & Case demonstrates that apart from other stakeholders, arbitral institutions are definitely among the ones listening. The research found that institutions are responding to an increased demand from parties for expedited proceedings and sole member tribunals and are attempting to address diversity concerns by appointing more female arbitrators.

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On 29 March 2017, the Geneva Talks on Foreign Investment in Africa took place in Geneva. Organised twice a year by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the University of Lausanne, this series of talks discusses issues related to the promotion and protection of foreign investment in Africa. This spring’s talks considered the rise of investor obligations in African investment agreements. Continue reading

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The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) is an organisation with some similarities to the International Bar Association (IBA), with a regional focus on Asia-Pacific. Its 27th annual conference took place in Auckland between 6 and 9 April this year. The conference is well attended by lawyers and others with an interest in legal developments and issues in the Asia-Pacific region, although attendance is not limited to lawyers from that region alone. In recent years there has been a notable increase in the number of attendees from Europe and other areas outside Asia-Pacific. Continue reading

REUTERS | Henning Gloystein

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, Practical Law Arbitration is carrying out a series of interviews with prominent women in arbitration.

In this blog post, we continue our interview with Wendy Miles QC, a partner in Debevoise and Plimpton’s London office. Wendy is a Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration, and is a representative on various professional bodies, including the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, where she co-chaired the Task Force on Costs Allocation in Arbitration. She is also Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and co-chair of the gender diversity initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge.

In Part One, Wendy talked to us about her background, how she manages her time, and aspects of arbitration practice and procedure. In Part Two, Wendy discusses the changing landscape for women in arbitration, what the future holds in the world of arbitration, and gives her career tips for junior lawyers starting out. Continue reading

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“And you, Russia of mine… What does that awe-inspiring progress of yours foretell?” Gogol, Dead Souls.

On 22 March 2017, the Russian Arbitration Association in association with Stephenson Harwood LLP hosted an event entitled Russian Arbitration Reforms – a case for an attractive venue. Expressing their views were a distinguished panel including Alexander Muranov, Managing Partner and head of arbitration at Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners, Vladimir Khvalei in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of the Russian Arbitration Association, Angeline Welsh of Matrix Chambers, Anna Korneva, CIS Group Lead at Stephenson Harwood and event organiser, and Shai Wade, Partner and Head of upstream oil and gas disputes at Stephenson Harwood. Continue reading

REUTERS | Henning Gloystein

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, Practical Law Arbitration is carrying out a series of interviews with prominent women in arbitration.

In this, the second blog post in the series, we interview Wendy Miles QC, a partner in Debevoise and Plimpton’s London office. Wendy is a Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration, and is a representative on various professional bodies, including the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, where she co-chaired the Task Force on Costs Allocation in Arbitration. She is also Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and co-chair of the gender diversity initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge.

In Part One, Wendy talks to us about her background, how she manages her time, and aspects of arbitration practice and procedure. In Part Two, Wendy discusses the changing landscape for women in arbitration, what the future holds in the world of arbitration, and gives her career tips for junior lawyers starting out. Continue reading

REUTERS | Toby Melville

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) Terms 2017 come into force on 1 May 2017 and apply to all LMAA arbitrations commenced on or after that date. In truth, the new terms introduce very limited changes to the well-established and familiar LMAA procedures, and can probably be seen as more of a fine-tuning exercise than a root and branch reform. Indeed, the LMAA has been upfront about this: the committee tasked with reviewing and amending the terms wished to maintain the existing “light touch” approach of LMAA arbitration. Continue reading

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In light of the recent decision of Mr Justice Marcus Smith in Microsoft Mobile OY (Ltd) v Sony Europe Limited and others, the “one stop shop” approach to arbitration clauses may now be relied on in relation to claims pleaded only in tort if a related contractual claim would have been pleadable. If that is correct, what should the applicant for a stay be demonstrating? Continue reading