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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 [...]

Three Crowns Announces Official Launch

founding-partnersThree Crowns announced its official launch scheduled for Monday, April 7th, with offices in London, Washington DC and Paris. With the official launch just a few days away, Roger Alford caught up with Luke Sobota, one of Three Crowns six founding partners.

Roger – Why did you leave your prior firms and create your own firm?

Luke - In various discussions, the founding partners discovered a common vision about a different way to practice international arbitration. We believe that clients will benefit from dedicated and focused teams with hands-on partner involvement from start to finish, and that a smaller structure would permit flexibility in staffing and pricing.

Roger - Three Crowns i [...]

Using Trade Remedies to Enforce Arbitration Awards: The WTO-Consistency Question

Simon Lester has a thoughtful response to my earlier post about using trade remedies to enforce arbitration awards. He questions whether conditioning GSP benefits on compliance with arbitration awards is consistent with WTO obligations. My answer is essentially yes. Because there are so many issues at play, I thought it best to respond in a new post rather than respond in the comment section to his post.

First, there is no question that granting preferential treatment for developing countries does not violate MFN rules. That was settled with the so-called Enabling Clause. The real question is whether a particular GSP-scheme is consistent with the Enabling Clause. The Enabling Clause p [...]

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