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Does the Polish Arbitration Law Finally Move toward International Standards?

The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Poland prepared and published a draft act (“the Draft Law”) (a draft law on promoting amicable dispute resolution methods, available in Polish here ). The Draft Law proposes amendments to the Polish Arbitration Law (part five of the Polish Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”), Official Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, No 43, item 296, as amended) (“the Polish Arbitration Law”). The Polish Arbitration Law in its current form is an adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law which was introduced in 2005 (adopted on 28 July 2005, in force as of 17 October 2005, Official Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, No 178, item 1478). Since 2005 to date, the [...]

Crude Oil Prices – What Lies Ahead for Arbitration Lawyers?

and Ian Hopkinson, Clyde & Co

At above US$60 per barrel, crude oil prices have bounced a little since their January 2015 low. However, with continued mixed indications concerning US production, opinion remains divided on where prices will end up in the short to medium term. As the recent GAR Live Energy Disputes event (held at Clyde & Co’s London headquarters on 6 May) confirmed, there is perhaps even less in the way of consensus on what lies ahead in terms of the medium-term effects on the energy industry and this uncertainty is necessarily echoed and amplified when it comes to disputes.

It is a maxim of modern legal practice that market volatility creates disputes. However, some panellist [...]

Real Time Dispute Resolution in Rio de Janeiro…Since you Cannot Delay the Olympic Games

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation are implementing dispute avoidance and resolution provisions in a unique way across 35 contracts for this upcoming international event. Successful delivery for these high profile projects is critical, since there is no possibility of delay to completion of the contracts, and everything is in the public eye. Dispute Boards have built up a track record of facilitating successful delivery of major construction projects.

Dispute Boards and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)

Dispute Boards (DBs) provide a contractual mechanism for real-time dispute avoidance and rapid dispute resolution during the co [...]

Waiving the Right to Arbitrate in the United States: Should the Prejudice Requirement be Discarded?

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ordered a fund management committee (‘SBC’) to arbitrate its dispute with Navistar International (‘Navistar’) – at Navistar’s request – despite the fact that Navistar refused SBC’s own request for arbitration, ignored SBC’s formal notice of arbitration, and then litigated SBC’s claim in court for over a year (Art Shy v Navistar International Corporation, 781 F.3d 820, 2005).

This decision confirms the uncertain state of U.S. law regarding waiving the right to arbitrate. The Federal Arbitration Act (‘FAA’) provides that a court shall stay a court action commenced in the face of a valid arbitration agreement provided that “th [...]

French Court of Cassation Confirms Invalidity of Unilateral (Asymmetrical) Jurisdiction Clauses

On 25 March 2015 the Court of Cassation of France handed down a new decision dealing with the so called “unilateral”, “optional”, “hybrid”, and “asymmetrical” jurisdiction clauses giving choice to one contractual party where to bring action against the other. Earlier in 2012, the same court issued the much discussed Rothschild decision which stated that such jurisdiction clauses are to be deemed invalid as per French law and implicitly supported a line of case law from other countries which treated the issue in the same manner. Now, with its newest judgment, the Court of Cassation in fact confirmed its previous case law and even widened its scope.

The unilateral jurisdiction [...]

Roundtable Report : “Les femmes dans l’arbitrage, Est-ce si différent?”

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and should not be regarded as representative of, or binding upon ArbitralWomen and/or the author’s law firm.

In previous posts, contributors have addressed the lack of gender diversity in arbitration. One post discussed the low percentage of women arbitrators in commercial and investment arbitration as well as the inconsistency between the percentage of female law graduates compared to female arbitrators and partners on international arbitration teams. Another blog shed light on the issue from the Brazilian context, and the first Kluwer Arbitration blog poll surveyed its readership for their views on the main factors contrib [...]

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