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The Birth of a New UAE Federal Arbitration Law: A Long and Difficult Labour

Enactment of a federal arbitration law has been ‘imminent’ since the United Arab Emirates acceded to the New York Convention in 2006 (the ‘Convention’). Once enacted, it is expected that the federal law will repeal Articles 203 to 218 of Federal Law (11) of 1992, the Civil Procedure Code (‘CPC’), which currently govern arbitration in the state.

Several drafts of a proposed federal arbitration law have been released over the years by the Ministry of Economy, the most recent of which was in 2013 (the ‘Draft Law’). This version (as with the majority, but not all, of its predecessors) is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law, but retains some provisions of the CPC.

Whilst enactment of [...]

Indonesia’s Termination of the Netherlands–Indonesia BIT: Broader Implications in the Asia-Pacific?

The value of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) procedures has lately been questioned by a number of countries. The Australian Government’s 2011 Trade Policy Statement – stating that Australia would not agree to ISDS in its treaties – caused much debate and controversy. In part, Australia’s policy was motivated by the Philip Morris claim, instituted in response to legislation requiring the plain packaging of cigarettes. Since then, a change of government in 2013 has meant that Australia has retracted considerably from its strict position. The current Government has indicated it will consider the inclusion of ISDS on a case-by-case basis. While the Government agreed to the inclu [...]


By Nicholas Fletcher QC and Victoria Clark of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

In the recent decision of Christian Kruppa v Alessandro Benedetti and Bertrand des Pallières [2014] EWHC 1887 (Comm), Mr Justice Cooke sitting in the English Commercial Court was asked to decide whether or not or a governing law and jurisdiction clause constituted an “arbitration agreement” within the meaning of Section 6(1) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (“the Act”).

The relevant clause read as follows:

In the event of any dispute between the parties … the parties will endeavour first to resolve the matter through Swiss arbitration. Should a resolution not be forthcoming the courts of England shall have [...]

Young ICCA Workshop at the Occasion of the ICCA Congress, Miami, 10th of April 2014: “The Art of Persuasion”

The Young ICCA’s Workshop on “The Art of Persuasion” brought together, from all parts of the world, a future generation of arbitration lawyers and the reunited outgoing and incoming presidents of ICCA: Professors Jan Paulsson and Albert Jan van den Berg. Who else would be better to divulge on the subject of persuasive advocacy?

The faculty was complemented with practitioners from an array of nationalities including the Dutch/Bahraini Speaker Professor Marike Paulsson (Director International Arbitration Institute and Lecturer in Law, Miami School of Law), Ms. Neeti Sachdeva (Senior Associate, ELP) of India, and Mrs. Aysha Mutaywea (Acting Senior Case Manager BCDR-AAA) from the Kingdom o [...]

Answer Key for Arbitration Word Search and Crossword Puzzle

Below are the answer keys to the international arbitration word search and crossword puzzle that accompanied the August 14, 2014 post Summer Arbitration Quiz 2014.

The answers to the quiz itself will be posted in early September.

Reminder: the first person to submit correct answers to the Summer Arbitration Quiz (or the one who comes closest) will receive a dinner in Florence, Italy (travel and hotel excluded) and, if they wish, their name published here. To participate, send your quiz answers to Oskar Toivonen at This email account will only be active until the end of August 2014.

International Arbitration Word Search

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Revisions to the HKIAC’s Model Clauses address uncertainty regarding the law governing arbitration clauses

By Justin D’Agostino and Timothy Hughes, Herbert Smith Freehills

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC“) has amended its Model Clauses in order to include an optional provision that specifies the parties’ choice of law to apply to an arbitration clause. The express designation of a particular law to govern an arbitration clause does not displace the parties’ choice of law to govern the substantive contract. However, as noted on the HKIAC’s website, “the law of the arbitration clause potentially governs matters including the formation, existence, scope, validity, legality, interpretation, termination, effects and enforceability of the arbitration clause and identities of the [...]

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