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The Rise of Russia’s Far East Is Likely to Prompt Changes in Arbitration Geography

Introduction and background

Vladivostok is often perceived as the ‘capital’ of Russia’s Far East. It is also often portrayed, however, as Moscow’s backward colonial outpost, with few cars on the streets and where the supermarkets’ half-empty shelves offer nothing but Bulgarian pickles and stale bread. This perception is misguided.

Russia’s Far East encompasses 36% of Russia’s entire territory: that is, 6.2 million square kilometres, or about 8,700 times the size of Singapore or 5,600 times that of Hong Kong. The region produces over 60% of Russia’s gold, 90% of its diamonds, 65% of its fish products, 30% of its timber, and an increasing share of Russia’s oil and gas. The re [...]

Hybrid Arbitration Clauses Tested Again: Can the SCC Administer Proceedings under the ICC Rules?

Party autonomy is a well-established cornerstone of arbitration, which treats the parties as the true creators of the arbitral procedure. Hybrid arbitration clauses are built on this cornerstone. In a certain type of hybrid arbitration clause, the parties place the administration of arbitration in the hands of one arbitration institution by using the rules of another institution.

It is, however, often forgotten that arbitration rules are a product of the effort made by the institutions to provide the best service. They are in constant pursuit of the most efficient procedural solutions, and they work on their arbitration rules, trying to adapt them to the needs of the industry and to reflect [...]

Celebrating a Vision: Queen Mary School of International Arbitration Turns 30 and Looks Ahead to the Next 30 Years

As a fitting tribute to the vision of the first dedicated arbitration education institution, the School of International Arbitration (SIA) marked its 30th anniversary with a two day conference looking back and looking forwards. Entitled “The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration: The Next 30 years”, it brought together over 200 graduates, academics and practitioners to reflect on the achievements in the field and the challenges ahead. Highlights included some blue-sky thinking as to the dramatic impact technology will have on the landscape of arbitration and some critical introspection as to the ongoing relevance of many of the key practices that the arbitral community holds [...]

New Arbitration Center in Bulgaria

In November 2014, a new arbitration center was established in Bulgaria – the KRIB Court of Arbitration (KRIB – Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria). The establishment of this institution was awaited by the Bulgarian business.

The establishment of a new arbitral institution in Bulgaria is an important step, since arbitration is a widely used method of dispute resolution in Bulgaria, especially for commercial disputes. In 2014, more than 40,000 new arbitration proceedings were commenced, including both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Even if most of those new cases concern utilities contracts (electricity supply, heat supply, mobile phones contracts etc.), still th [...]

SIAC Announces a New President and Releases its 2014 Results

SIAC ended speculation as to who would succeed Dr Michael Pryles as the next President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration by announcing, at the SIAC Annual Appreciation Event on Monday 2 March 2015, the appointment of Mr Gary Born of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, with effect from 1 April 2015. At the event, SIAC also released its 2014 case statistics, which showed that over the last 10 years, new case filings at SIAC have grown by almost 200%, reinforcing its position as one of the fastest growing arbitral institutions in the world.

In 2014, SIAC received 222 new cases from parties from 58 jurisdictions. This was a 14% dip compared with 2013, but was nevertheless still a strong pe [...]

Ruler appoints new Chairman of DIAC Board of Trustees

By virtue of a recent Decree (see Decree No. (47) of 2014 Reshuffling the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Center, issued in Dubai on 7 December 2014), HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, has appointed Dr. Habib Al Mulla, founder of former Habib Al Mulla & Co, which entered into a historic merger with one of the world’s largest law firms, Baker & McKenzie, in 2013, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC).

Since its foundation in 2004, the DIAC has grown into one of the leading arbitration institutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the wider Middle East. Amongst its former Chairmen a [...]

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