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Effective Management of Arbitration; A Guide for In-House Counsel and Other Party Representatives

The worldwide launch of the Guide for In-House Counsel and Other Party Representatives on Effective Management of Arbitration Guide took place on 6 June 2014 in Paris. The Guide provides a checklist for the procedural decisions that need to be made at each principal phase of an arbitration. Useful in both large and small cases, it enables in-house counsel worldwide to participate effectively in the tailor making process throughout the arbitration proceedings. The Guide was drafted by a Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR (“Commission”).

John Beechey (President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration) launched the conference, noting that the ICC Rules of Arbitratio [...]

Five Facts About Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Central and Eastern Europe

Dr. Ileana M. Smeureanu 1

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.

Arbitration has become an accepted dispute resolution mechanism in Central and Eastern Europe (“CEE”) over the last two decades. Over the years, the number of arbitral cases has increased steadily, and local courts have assumed a more favorable attitude to the arbitration process as a whole. Given the diversity of the countries in CEE, arbitral practice in the region is not entirely uniform despite the fact that most CEE countries are parties to international instruments meant to harmoni [...]

The Future of Class, Mass, and Collective Arbitration

The views expressed are those of the author alone and should not be regarded as representative of or binding upon the author’s institution or the ArbitralWomen.

Adam Raviv recently posted an entry about the Eleventh Annual ITA-ASIL Conference on class and mass claims in arbitration. Adam’s summary provides excellent insights into the importance of large-scale arbitration in the international and investment contexts, both now and in the coming years. However, neither Adam nor the panelists had the benefit of a decision that was handed down on April 24, 2014, two weeks after the conference closed. This post considers that decision in light of conference proceedings.

The case in question re [...]

Arbitration Clauses in Gas Supply Agreements

Sandra De Vito Bieri with Anton Vucurovic 1

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One of the core elements of long-term Gas Supply Agreements are price review provisions (also called price reopener clauses), which allow parties to review the price of the gas during the life of the agreement. The importance of such clauses lies in the long-term nature of the agreements (often up to 30 years) and the changing nature of the markets. The price is usually defined in a formula and often, particularly in older agreements, linked to the oil price. The par-ties might also agree on [...]

Arbitral tribunals’ decisions on costs sanctioning the parties for counsel behavior: A phenomenon expected to increase?

The views expressed are those of the author alone and should not be regarded as representative of or binding upon the author’s institution or the ArbitralWomen.

Guidelines 26 and 27 of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration have again raised the debate on the extent that Arbitral Tribunals are entitled to deal with “guerrilla tactics”. 1 The present contribution will in particular discuss Arbitral Tribunals’ power to sanction parties for the behavior of their counsel in the proceedings by a ruling on costs.

Guideline 26 – on the “remedies for misconduct” – gives Arbitral Tribunals the discretionary power to take into account the Party Representati [...]

Efficiency at all cost – arbitration and consolidation?

The views expressed are those of the author alone and should not be regarded as representative of or binding upon the author’s law firm.1

Consolidation of multiple disputes into a single arbitration proceeding is considered progress with respect to the efficiency of the arbitration process. Consolidation is a procedural mechanism allowing for two or more claims to be united into one single procedure concerning all related parties and disputes.

On the surface, it seems more efficient to do everything at once, but a closer look reveals that this is not always the case. This blog will examine the different practical aspects of consolidation.

Consolidation may be of various types:
1. multiple pa [...]

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