Arbitration

The PCA Signs Agreement To Facilitate Hearings In Florence

The PCA Signs Agreement To Facilitate Hearings In Florence

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague will now be able to hold hearings in the Italian city of Florence, after signing a cooperation agreement with the Florence Chamber of Commerce last month. Leonardo Bassilichi, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Hugo Siblesz, Secretary General of the PCA, attended the official signing ceremony on 29 March in Florence’s historical centre.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Arbitration, Mediation
Launch of The Young Lawyer’s Rule

Launch of The Young Lawyer’s Rule

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that advances dispute prevention and resolution practices, has launched the 2018 revised Non-Administered Rules for Arbitration of Domestic and International Disputes, adding a new rule that aims to increase opportunities for junior lawyers to take a more active role in arbitration hearings.

The new “Young Lawyer Rule” empowers tribunals to encourage lead counsel to share witness examination and/or legal argument with more junior attorneys. The Young Lawyer Rule has been added under Rule 12 and reads as follows:

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Posted by Ruxandra Gheorghe in Arbitration, YMI
SVAMC Publishes Tech List

SVAMC Publishes Tech List

The Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC) is a non-profit institution serving the global technology sector through educational programming and related activities. The center promote sefficient and effective technology dispute resolution, which includes using arbitration and mediation to resolve business disputes. Not only are they promoting efficient and effective technology dispute resolution, but they also provide information on arbitrators and mediators. Annually, SVAMC publishes a list featuring the Worlds Leading Technology Neutrals (the Tech List). This year’s Tech List was released at the end of January, naming 49 professionals based in key markets around the globe including Silicon Valley, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney. Continue reading →

Posted by Erica Miller in ADR, Arbitration, Technology
ADR in South Africa: A Brief Overview

ADR in South Africa: A Brief Overview

Some of the challenges that have faced many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in the administration of justice can be attributed to the over-reliance on the courts in the resolution of all forms of disputes, even where other forms of dispute resolution would have been more appropriate. South Africa has one of the fastest developing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems in Africa. This can be partly credited to the numerous NGOs financed by donors who undertook ADR efforts throughout South Africa before the transition of government during apartheid. One of the most notable NGOs that facilitated ADR mechanisms, is the Independent Mediation Service of South Africa (IMSSA). Read more

Posted by Petrina Ampeire in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration, Mediation
Ask An Expert: Laura Benedetto

Ask An Expert: Laura Benedetto

Laura Benedetto, Secretary General of the Florence Chamber of Commerce in Italy,  speaks about expanding the Florentine disputes landscape, international mediation and educating the legal and business community on the range of processes available.

 What made you specialise in dispute resolution?

I’ve been serving as Secretary General at the Florence Chamber of Commerce since 2011. The Florence Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and investing in ADR tools since the 1970s, when almost nobody in Italy knew these processes.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in ADR, Arbitration, Ask An Expert, Education, Mediation

The London GPC – Time For Change

Last week’s London event marked the grand finale of the GPC Series, which has taken place on six continents and 29 cities since April 2016, collecting groundbreaking data on the behaviour and perceptions of stakeholders in dispute resolution across the globe. Taking place in the historical Guildhall building, built upon centuries of ‘dispute resolution’ above the Roman amphitheatre – where conflict was perhaps resolved in a more brutal way than today.

The event began with an introduction by online dispute resolution advocate Lord Justice Briggs, who has consistently pushed for technological reforms in the courts of England and Wales, especially in regards to resolving disputes. In addition Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London (Mayor of the City of London), gave a moving speech on London’s rich multicultural history – stating that London will remain a global city and an international hub for the legal community undeterred by Brexit.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration, Dispute Management, Education, LOC Coverage, Mediation, Negotiation, Technology

Facilitating Settlement – The Changing Role Of The Arbitrator

One of the most valuable aspects of the GPC is the rich amount of data it accumulates. A recently published article in the Fordham International Law Journal analyses the data of the 2016 GPCs in terms of the parties’ interest in collaborative dispute resolution methods within adversarial proceedings. Klaus Peter Berger and J. Ole Jensen suggest the facilitation of settlement between the parties within arbitral proceedings as an important means of maintaining and increasing the attractiveness of international arbitration.

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Posted by GPC Series in ADR, Arbitration
Ask An Expert: Eric De Brabandere

Ask An Expert: Eric De Brabandere

Eric De Brabandere, Professor of International Dispute Settlement at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University and Attorney-at-Law at Lexlitis Ghent, discusses legal education, international dispute settlement and the rise of international arbitration.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Arbitration, Ask An Expert, Education
E-Discovery In Hong Kong: Dispelling Some Litigation & Innovation Myths

E-Discovery In Hong Kong: Dispelling Some Litigation & Innovation Myths

At a recent conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovation in the dispute resolution process, specifically in Hong Kong.

Panelists and attendees agreed that the region currently has a quite low-tech experience, and some of the biggest obstacles attorneys face when seeking to resolve commercial disputes are financial and time constraints. Read more

Posted by GPC Series in Arbitration, Comment, Dispute Management, Technology
Why A GPC Event Is Like No Other Conference You’ve Attended

Why A GPC Event Is Like No Other Conference You’ve Attended

With around half of the Global Pound Conference (GPC) events now behind us, well over a thousand delegates have experienced for themselves attending a GPC event. So what’s it like? Put simply, the experience is unlike any other dispute resolution conference you’ll have attended. No dozing at the back of the room as dry speakers work painfully through drier legislative changes. No quiet catching up on your emails as you wonder what will be for lunch.

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Posted by Natasha Mellersh in Access To Justice, ADR, Arbitration
The Hong Kong GPC – Mediating Commercial Disputes

The Hong Kong GPC – Mediating Commercial Disputes

The Hong Kong Global Pound Conference took place on 23 February 2017 and saw over 200 delegates – judges, commercial parties, corporate counsel, arbitrators, mediators, dispute resolution institutions, government officials and academics – come together to identify trends and cultural preferences in a way that had not been possible through previous studies. Read more

Posted by GPC Series in ADR, Arbitration, LOC Coverage
Investment Arbitration And Financial Products

Investment Arbitration And Financial Products

Unanticipated disputes can sometimes arise when private companies conduct business in a foreign country. However, foreign investors are granted substantive protections through bilateral investment treaties (BITs), therefore in many cases these companies will opt to resolve such disputes through an investor-state arbitration in order to protect their investment.

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Posted by GPC Series in Arbitration