Posts by Dr Gordon Blanke

  • To swear or not to swear, that is the question…

    In a recent ruling (see Case Nos 78 and 96/2022, ruling of the Dubai Court of Cassation), the Dubai Court of Cassation has put an end to speculation about whether or not oath-taking is mandatory in arbitration conducted under the Law No. 6 of 2018, the UAE Federal Arbitration Law (FAL).

  • DIFC v Dubai court: first antisuit offshore-onshore

    In a ruling of November 2020, which, to date, has remained unpublished (albeit not unreported), the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court of First Instance (DIFCCFI) pronounced the first ever anti-suit injunction over competing proceedings commenced in violation of an arbitration agreement before the onshore Dubai courts.

  • ADGM and EMAC on course for co-operation

    Earlier last month, the ADGM Arbitration Centre (ADGMAC) and the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) signed a co-operation agreement (see Cooperation Agreement between the Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Centre and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, dated 8 September 2019) in an ambitious move to unite forces in the development and promotion of international commercial and … Continue reading ADGM and EMAC on course for co-operation

  • Achmea: how far does it reach?

    No doubt, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in Slovak Republic v Achmea BV of earlier this year has caused reasoned concern amongst the international investment arbitration community that its reach may be much wider than intra-EU bi-lateral investment treaties (BITs). The proposition is, and the ruling in Achmea most certainly will extend to BITs concluded between an EU member … Continue reading Achmea: how far does it reach?