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LCIA announces termination of its Mauritian joint venture and closure of LCIA-MIAC

18 July 2018 Stephen Lacey, Africa; Mauritius

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The LCIA has announced that, as of 27 July 2018, its joint venture with the Mauritian Government which established the LCIA-MIAC arbitration centre will come to an end and that, consequently, as of that date LCIA-MIAC will also no longer be operational.

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Linklaters’ recent contributions to Kluwer Arbitration Blog

18 July 2018 Matthew Weiniger; Akshay Sewlikar; Stephanie Tang, Europe; Hong Kong; United States of America

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Linklaters has recently contributed two articles to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog.

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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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LCIA Casework Report

17 May 2018 Sadie Buls; Stephen Lacey, England & Wales

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The LCIA released its 2017 Casework Report on 10 April 2018. The Report analyses the statistics from the LCIA 2017 caseload and contains a range of data broken down by sector, contract type and time elapsed since the underlying agreement was reached.

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Successful challenge on basis of serious irregularity – A tribunal’s failure to deal with contribution claim

13 April 2018 Sadie Buls, England & Wales

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In P v D & Ors [2017] EWHC 3273 (Comm), London’s Commercial Court upheld a challenge to a London Court of International Arbitration award brought under s.68 Arbitration Act 1996 for serious irregularity. The claimant sought remission of the award on the basis that the Tribunal failed to deal with all the issues that were put to it (in particular, it failed to consider the claimant’s contribution claim in the proceedings), thereby causing the claimant substantial injustice. In its judgment, the Court identified a number of errors in the Tribunal’s award and provided guidance on when a LCIA Tribunal can exercise post-award powers to make corrections or issue additional awards under the LCIA Rules.

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OHADA adopts new texts on arbitration and mediation

20 March 2018 Clément Fouchard; Roland Ziade, Africa

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The revised OHADA Uniform Act on Arbitration (the Arbitration Act) and revised Rules on Arbitration of the Joint Court of Justice and Arbitration (the CCJA) (the Rules), as well as the new Uniform Act on Mediation (the Mediation Act), entered into force on 15 March 2018. The fruit of nearly two years of consultations among the 17 Member States of the Organisation for the Harmonization of Corporate Law in Africa (OHADA), these new acts will apply to all proceedings initiated as of such effective date. These acts had all been approved on 23 November 2017 by the OHADA Council of Ministers.

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Set aside decision highlights important practice point for Requests for Arbitration under LCIA rules

31 January 2018 Stephen Lacey; Sadie Buls; Matthew Weiniger, England & Wales

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In A v B [2017] EWHC 3417 London’s Commercial Court held that the LCIA rules did not permit a Request for Arbitration filed by the claimant to include related claims under two contracts and their associated LCIA arbitration agreements (thereby denying the tribunal jurisdiction). Claimants in LCIA arbitrations may therefore well wish to consider filing multiple requests in like circumstances in future.

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New 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules – a modern, efficient and flexible frame-work for solving disputes

30 January 2018 Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen; Kirstin Schwedt, Germany

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The German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. – DIS) has thoroughly revised its arbitration rules. The previous DIS Rules, which have been in force since 1998, functioned well in practice and are very popular in international agreements involving German parties. However, particularly in view of the reform projects of other national and international arbitration institutions, it was time to modernise the rules. Thanks to the revision, the DIS is even better positioned in competition with other arbitration institutions and even more so in competition with state courts.

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Changes afoot for tribunal secretaries at the LCIA

16 January 2018 Sadie Buls, England & Wales

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The London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) has recently implemented new guidelines concerning the use of tribunal secretaries with effect from 26 October 2017. The Yukos arbitration and recent English case law concerning an LCIA tribunal secretary has raised interest in their role and there is also an increasing trend amongst institutions to provide greater clarity and transparency of their role (of which the LCIA’s guidelines are part).

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Arbitration trends in Sub-Saharan Africa and an introduction to the Webber Wentzel team

18 December 2017 Scheleese Goudy; Vlad Movshovich; Erin Warmington; Duncan Wild, Africa

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The international arbitration landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa is changing at a rapid rate. This blog entry looks at key legal developments in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa over the past few months, many of which could be seen to be enhancing the ability of the region’s countries and fora to deal with international disputes expeditiously and efficiently. We also offer our view on the future of the international investment regime in the region.

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New LCIA Report highlights movement towards cheaper and faster proceedings

18 October 2017 Jacqueline Chaplin, Europe

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A recent London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) report (the “Report”) suggests that LCIA arbitration costs are generally less than arbitration costs at other institutions at all levels of dispute (for the purposes of the Report, arbitration costs means tribunal fees and administrative charges). The cost savings offered by the LCIA may be explained by its commitment to time efficiency and its use of hourly rates to calculate most of its costs.

The Report analyses the cost and duration of all 224 cases administered under the LCIA Arbitration Rules that had reached a final award between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2016.

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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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HKIAC consults on amendments to its arbitration rules

11 September 2017 Andrew Mullan; Shirley Au Yeung, Asia-Pacific; Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”) is consulting on amendments to the 2013 version of its Administered Arbitration Rules. The proposed changes incorporate a number of new provisions and amendments, highlighting HKIAC’s efforts to respond to the needs of its users and technological advances in dispute resolution. The changes may impact on how parties conduct their HKIAC arbitrations in the future and users are invited to submit comments by 2 October 2017.

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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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A Harmonious Australian Arbitration Framework: The ACT Adopts the Model Law

01 June 2017 Alexander Fawke, Asia-Pacific; Australia

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On 21 March 2017, the Australian Capital Territory (the “ACT”) passed the Commercial Arbitration Act 2017 (ACT) (the “Act”), which essentially adopts the UNCITRAL Model Law (inclusive of the 2006 amendments) (the “Model Law”). The Act means that all arbitrations seated in Australia will now be subject to the Model Law, as the same legislation has been adopted in all other States and Territories, as well as by the Federal Parliament. This development strengthens Australia’s position as an attractive seat for arbitration.

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First-ever ICC European Conference

25 April 2017 Roland Ziade; Pierre Duprey, Europe; France

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International arbitration in Europe takes centre stage this month with the first-ever ICC European Conference, which launches Paris Arbitration Week today.  Paris Arbitration partners Pierre Duprey and Roland Ziadé take us through the close relationship the region has with the popular dispute resolution process and discuss the relevance of the much anticipated event.

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Arbitration in MENA: a continuing growth, further modernisation and a few challenges

18 April 2017 Roland Ziade, Middle East

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The number of parties involved in ICC Arbitration in the MENA region continues to be on the rise. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of parties from North Africa increased by almost 50%, accounting for more than one-third of all African parties.

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Investment Arbitration in Australia: an update

31 January 2017 Alexander Fawke, Asia-Pacific; Australia

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The past year has seen a number of major developments in international arbitration in Australia, including the conclusion of new trade deals and the long-running Phillip Morris investment arbitration. This article surveys the most important changes in case law, legislation, investor-state dispute resolution and local arbitral institutions in the past year.

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Moving ahead in 2017

19 January 2017 Raquel Galvão Silva; Ricardo Guimarães

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New years are a great opportunity to take stock and to prepare for future developments, despite the obvious difficulties in predicting what the main trends will be. This is also the case for 2017. Looking back to 2016 there are two topics that immediately stand out: gender diversity and transparency. Both topics were subject to substantial discussion last year and the developments in these areas are likely to continue or even increase in 2017.

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Common trends in international arbitration in Latin America

14 November 2016 Christian Albanesi, Latin America

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To kick off the 14th edition of the ICC Miami Conference, the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) biggest arbitration event of the year, Linklaters’ head of Latin America Arbitration Christian Albanesi provided his insight into the region’s international arbitration trends in this guest column for ICC.

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Who should know the law: the arbitrators or the parties?

03 October 2016 Cezary Wisniewski; Alicja Zielinska-Eisen, Europe; Poland

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What could be done at an early stage in the proceedings to apply the principle of iura novit curia in a way that would be acceptable to both common law and civil law practitioners and prevent or limit challenges to the arbitral award?

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