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Get Rid of the Presiding Arbitrator?

In his President’s Message (ASA Bulletin, Vol. 32, no. 2, 2014), Elliott Geisinger proposes a real challenge to the arbitration community. In a simple but rather persuasive rhetorical style, Geisinger places in confrontation Me. Paul Philibert Confus, Avocat à la Cour and Sir Reginald Muddle, QC, giving life to a debate that seems to be overlooked nowadays.

Is it really necessary to have a “presiding arbitrator”? This is the crux of the discussion.

Sir Muddle advocates that the theatre of arbitration should get rid of that character, while Me. Confus contends that fundamental principles of arbitration, like having a chairman – or chairwoman, for that matter – should be kept alive. Th [...]

Notes on the Persistent Latin American Countries’ Attitude Towards Investment Arbitration and ICSID

Investment arbitration is a crucial and sensitive dispute-resolution method, notably because the treatment given to foreign investment matters may materially affect the economic and social realities of a country or region, particularly those in development. In the last decade, however, as already reported and addressed in this blog by, among many others, Vanessa Giraud and Carlos González-Bueno, countries in Latin America — a true hot-spot for foreign investment1 — have been either ignoring, denouncing or resisting the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”), the dispute-resolution framework for investment protection enacted under the Washington Convent [...]

British Columbia Signals To The International Community That It Is An Enforcement-Friendly Jurisdiction

By Henri Alvarez and Alexandra Mitretodis, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

In Sociedade-de-fomento Industrial Private Limited v. Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation, decided on June 2, 2014, the Court of Appeal of British Columbia set the test in international arbitration for enforcing foreign arbitral awards by freezing assets. The decision confirms that a party with limited association to British Columbia may enforce an arbitral award by Mareva injunction without an onus to first establish that enforcement elsewhere was not possible. In considering when to grant an injunction, the court may consider the relative ease or difficulty of enforcement abroad, among other factors. Delay, inconvenie [...]

Effective Management of Arbitration; A Guide for In-House Counsel and Other Party Representatives

The worldwide launch of the Guide for In-House Counsel and Other Party Representatives on Effective Management of Arbitration Guide took place on 6 June 2014 in Paris. The Guide provides a checklist for the procedural decisions that need to be made at each principal phase of an arbitration. Useful in both large and small cases, it enables in-house counsel worldwide to participate effectively in the tailor making process throughout the arbitration proceedings. The Guide was drafted by a Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR (“Commission”).

John Beechey (President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration) launched the conference, noting that the ICC Rules of Arbitratio [...]

The Jurisdiction of Indian Courts over Arbitrations Seated Outside India. An Outsider’s Perspective.

The potential intervention of Indian courts over foreign seated arbitrations is a hot topic in international arbitration. On 28 May 2014, the Supreme Court of India (“SCI”) heated up the debate by handing down a judgment in Reliance Industries Limited & Anr v Union of India. The SCI found that Indian courts had no jurisdiction to set aside an award made in London – which is undoubtedly correct. But can this recent SCI decision be considered a development in Indian arbitration-related case law?

Facts

The disputes between Union of India and Reliance arose from two oil and gas production-sharing contracts. These contracts were governed by Indian substantive law, and provided for UNCITRAL ar [...]

The DIFC and arbitration: Raising the stakes?

In a recent, worldwide yet unprecedented move, the DIFC Courts have circulated for public consultation a draft Practice Direction (see Practice Direction No. X of 2014 amending Practice Direction No. 2 of 2012 DIFC Courts’ Jurisdiction, electronically accessible on the official website of the DIFC Courts at www.difccourts.ae), which essentially aims to provide for the conversion of a DIFC Court judgment into a DIFC-LCIA arbitration award in order to avoid potential difficulties of enforcement of a DIFC judgment in jurisdictions outside the UAE. This is achieved by creating a system of optional referral to DIFC-LCIA arbitration of “any dispute arising out of or in connection with the enforc [...]

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