REUTERS | Mike Blake

Arbitration means flexibility, or so we are always told. But flexibility to do what? To fly around the world attending multiple meetings in remote locations? To create huge bundles of documents for hearings and insist that a full cast of witnesses attend too? It sometimes seems that way. Continue reading

REUTERS | Ahmed Jadallah

In a further strategic move to facilitate the enforcement of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)-ratified awards across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the ADGM courts and the Ras Al Khaimah Courts Department have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the mutual recognition of judicial instruments (Memorandum of Understanding between Ras Al Khaimah Courts Department and Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts concerning the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments, dated 5 May 2019, the RAK-ADGM MoU). These include judgments, orders, court-certified settlement agreements and ratified awards, issued by the ADGM and Ras Al Khaimah courts. Continue reading

REUTERS | Anton Vaganov

In September 2016, new Russian arbitration legislation came into force addressing the arbitrability of corporate disputes in relation to Russian companies. Before this, there had been a number of Russian court decisions that had cast doubt over the arbitrability of corporate disputes so the new legislation was seen as a good thing, even if some of the provisions were not entirely clear. Continue reading

REUTERS | Yiannis Kourtoglou

Parties and practitioners know too well that even a favourable arbitral award is of little value until the award debtor complies with it. In cases where the award is not carried out voluntarily, the award creditor will have to take steps to recover its claim(s). Continue reading

REUTERS | Alexandre Meneghini

Back in 2016, Lord Thomas suggested that arbitration, and its inherent privacy, was seriously impeding the development of common law, particularly within the sphere of commercial law. In 2017, he went on to describe the courts as “complementary” to arbitration, with the courts providing “maximum support, minimum interference,” where necessary. Continue reading

REUTERS | Alexander Kuznetsov

On 30 April 2019, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) issued its long-awaited Opinion 1/17 regarding the question raised by Belgium of whether the investment court system (ICS), which encompasses a tribunal and appellate tribunal, is compatible with EU law. The approval of the CJEU not only removes the remaining obstacle for the entering into force of the whole Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), but, moreover, gives the European Commission a green light for its efforts to create a permanent multilateral investment court (MIC), which is currently being negotiated within UNCITRAL working group III. Continue reading