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Enforcement of specific performance awards against sovereign states

12 July 2018 Akshay Sewlikar, India; North America

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A decision of the United States (the “US”) District Court for the District of Columbia (the “Court”) has brought issues around enforcing awards of specific performance into the spotlight. The Court refused to enforce a UNCITRAL award for specific performance obtained by Scottish oil and gas company, Hardy Exploration and Production (India) (“HEPI”), against the Government of India (“GoI”) as being contrary to public policy. This case is the latest in a long-running series of oil disputes involving the GoI, which has been involved in arbitrations relating to 22 out of its 310 production sharing contracts between 2001 and 2015.

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Arbitration Links turns 1!

09 July 2018 Africa; Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

In summer 2017 we launched Arbitration Links, our blog (and Linklaters’ first) dedicated to reporting on developments in international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. Please do watch, and share, this short video celebrating Arbitration Links's first birthday.

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Françoise Lefèvre appointed to the ICC International Court of Arbitration

26 June 2018 Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

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Linklaters is delighted to announce that partner Françoise Lefèvre has been appointed to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, one of the world's most experienced and renowned international arbitration institutions.

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An introduction to the relationship between smart contracts and international dispute resolution mechanisms

19 June 2018 Matthew Weiniger, Africa; Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

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In this video blog, Matthew Weiniger QC, our Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, takes a look at one of the oft-cited advantages of smart contracts and distributed ledger technology; namely their ability to reduce, or even eliminate, the potential for disputes. Matthew examines whether this is really true, and why parties should still be thinking about building conventional dispute resolution mechanisms into such structures.

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Interview with Matthew Weiniger and Campbell McLachlan on International Investment Arbitration – Substantive Principles, Second Edition

14 June 2018 Matthew Weiniger, Africa; Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; North America

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Last month, Dispute Resolution Partner and Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, Matthew Weiniger was interviewed, together with Professor Campbell McLachlan of the Victoria University of Wellington, by The Arbitration Station.  They were discussing the second edition of their book International Investment Arbitration – Substantive Principles, co-authored with Laurence Shore. In the interview, Matthew and Campbell describe their objectives behind the text and how developments have shaped investment arbitration in the 10 years since the first edition was published.

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Announcing the launch of TradeLinks, the Linklaters international trade law blog

03 May 2018 Matthew Weiniger, Africa; Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

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The Linklaters International Trade Practice has launched a regular blog that will look at a wide range of topics that span the area of international trade including Brexit and its impact on the UK’s international trade position, trade wars, tariffs and trade disputes.

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Mauritius Convention on transparency enters into force

25 January 2018 Sadie Buls, Asia-Pacific; Europe; North America

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The United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (the "Mauritius Convention") entered into force on 18 October 2017. An important development in investor-State dispute settlement (“ISDS”), the Mauritius Convention significantly expands the circumstances in which new transparency provisions – concerning arbitration commencement, publication of documents, third-party input, public hearings and confidential information – may apply. While it will be some time before the Mauritius Convention has broad application, it represents an important evolution for ISDS which has significant implications for States and investors alike.

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Adopting a compliance approach to fight corruption and protect investments

30 November 2017 Christian Albanesi; Adam Lurie; Caitlin Potratz, England & Wales; Latin America; North America

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At the 15th annual International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Miami Conference earlier this month, one of the programme’s top-line issues for discussion was the matter of a “compliance” approach to arbitration. Here, Christian Albanesi (Head of Latin American Arbitration), Adam Lurie (US Head of Litigation and Government Investigations), and Caitlin Potratz (Senior US Associate), outline their stance on the topic.  

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CIArb Consultation on Cost-Controlled Rules

05 October 2017 Sadie Buls, Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

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On 25 September 2017, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) opened a consultation period relating to a revised draft of its Arbitration Rules. The revision to the rules aims to incorporate a proposed additional appendix on the use of CIArb’s Cost-Controlled Expedited Arbitration Rules. The current version of those rules is dated 2014 and CIArb has stated that updates to other institution procedures, as well as developments in the sphere of cost controls in arbitration generally, have prompted it to review and update its existing rules. 

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ICSID Rule Amendment Project

27 July 2017 Sadie Buls, Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

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The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) recently launched a webpage for a rule amendment project. The page will track the progress of the latest round of ICSID rule amendments, the process for which began in October 2016 when ICSID sought comments on potential amendments from member states. This was followed by ICSID’s invitation to the public in January 2017 for suggestions for rule amendments.

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U.S. Appeals Court rejects conflict-of-interest challenge to London award

08 May 2017 John Akin; Adam Lurie, North America; United States of America

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In a March 31 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to confirm an $18.5 million arbitral award entered by a London tribunal in favor of the Belize Bank Ltd. (“the Bank”), rejecting an argument from the government of Belize (“Belize”) that an arbitrator’s alleged conflict of interest violates U.S. public policy. The decision affirms the principle that barristers in the same English chambers—unlike lawyers in an American law firm—are presumed to be independent practitioners.

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Southern District grants Section 1782 discovery for private commercial arbitration

23 January 2017 Patrick Ashby, North America; United States of America

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Private international arbitral bodies are considered foreign tribunals for the purpose of 28 U.S.C. §1782 (“Section 1782”), the United States statute that allows parties to obtain evidence in the U.S. for use in legal proceedings outside of the U.S., according to a recent decision by Judge Furman of the District Court for the Southern District of New York (“Southern District”).

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