- April 13, 2018
The CJEU decision in Slovak Republic v Achmea: what opportunities for Switzerland?
On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered its much-awaited decision in Slovak Republic v Achmea BV, in which it held that the arbitration clause contained in Article 8 of the Netherlands-Slovakia bilateral investment treaty (BIT), and those contained in other intra-EU BITs in general, was incompatible with EU … Continue reading The CJEU decision in Slovak Republic v Achmea: what opportunities for Switzerland? →
- February 14, 2018
WTO appellate body: can arbitration break the current deadlock?
The dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is often referred to as the crown jewel of the multilateral trading system established by that institution. Over 500 disputes have been brought to the WTO since its beginning in 1995. Key to this success is the role played by the Appellate Body, a permanent … Continue reading WTO appellate body: can arbitration break the current deadlock? →
- January 16, 2018
Looking back on 2017: spotlight on arbitral secretaries
While the involvement of arbitral secretaries has become common practice, a number of practitioners have, over the past few years, voiced concerns regarding their precise role and functions. There is a fear that arbitral secretaries may, in some cases, essentially become a “fourth arbitrator” by taking over tasks that must necessarily be assumed by arbitrators. … Continue reading Looking back on 2017: spotlight on arbitral secretaries →
- September 19, 2017
ICCA-Queen Mary Taskforce: draft report on third party funding in international arbitration
On 1 September 2017, the joint ICCA-Queen Mary Taskforce issued its draft report on third party funding in international arbitration. The Taskforce was composed of experienced practitioners and academics from over 20 different jurisdictions.