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Meg Kinnear Lecture Live Streamed at Kluwer Arbitration Blog

We are pleased to announce that ICSID Secretary-General Meg Kinnear will be presenting a lecture on the “Next Generation of Investment Treaties and Their Impact on Investor-Dispute Settlement,” today (February 12) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Eastern here at Kluwer Arbitration blog. You can watch the recorded presentation here.

The event is sponsored by Notre Dame Law School and Hogan Lovells and features not only Meg Kinnear, but also commentary by Michael Tracton (U.S. State Department), Horacio Grigera Naon (American University), Susan Franck (Washington & Lee), Jonathan Stoel (Hogan Lovells), and Roger Alford (Notre Dame).

For those in Washington D.C., you can attend the event in person at the [...]

Job Posting: Associate Editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog

I am writing to announce an opening for the position of Associate Editor for the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

The Associate Editor will report directly to me and work closely with the Kluwer team and Crina Baltag, our other Associate Editor. The essential duties of the Associate Editor are (1) collecting, editing and reviewing guest submissions for posting on the blog; (2) coordinating the blog posts of the permanent contributors; (3) writing period blog posts as a permanent contributor; and (4) assisting the editorial team with strategic planning for the blog. As part of your duties you will liaise every week with some of the best arbitration counsel in the world.

Monique Sasson has ably s [...]

Last Chance to Complete China Arbitration Survey

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Survey on the Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in China. We have been gratified at the strong number of responses. We wanted to remind anyone who has not yet had a chance to fill out the survey that we will be closing the survey to new responses on July 13, 2014. The survey is available immediately to the right on your screen.

Thanks again for your participation.

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Survey on Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in China

In keeping with our tradition of surveying readers on key developments in international arbitration, we invite readers with experience in mainland China to fill out our survey on the enforcement of international arbitration awards in China. Julian Ku, Bei Xiao and I have been studying this topic for several months now, and we note the paucity of recent data on the subject.

The survey is open through June 30, 2014. If you had arbitration experience in mainland China, please fill out the survey. We will share the results erly next month.

Roger Alford, Julian Ku & Bei Xiao

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Survey on Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in China

In keeping with our tradition of surveying readers on key developments in international arbitration, we invite readers with experience in mainland China to fill out our survey on the enforcement of international arbitration awards in China. Julian Ku, Bei Xiao and I have been studying this topic for several months now, and we note the paucity of recent data on the subject.

The survey is open through June 30, 2014. If you had arbitration experience in mainland China, please fill out the survey. We will share the results erly next month.

Roger Alford, Julian Ku & Bei Xiao

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Using Investment Arbitration to Enforce WTO Commitments

plainpackagingI would like to continue the theme of the emerging convergence of investment arbitration and international trade. In my previous posts (see here and here) I discussed the prospect of using trade remedies to enforce investment arbitration awards. Another key example of convergence addresses the emerging trend of relying on investment arbitration to enforce international trade rights. As discussed in my recent article, despite the assumption that international trade disputes must be resolved before the WTO DSB, the existence of broad umbrella clauses in BITs present a promising vehicle for enforcing investment commitments in trade agreements.

Of course, the scope of umbrella clauses is depe [...]

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