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USA: Fifth Circuit reverses order refusing to enforce Philippine award on public policy grounds

In an April 2015 decision, Asignacion v. Rickmers Genoa Schiffahrtsgesellschaft MBH & CIE KG, 783 F.3d 1010 (5th Cir. 2015), the U.S. Court of...

USA: Court decides question of tribunal’s jurisdiction although arbitration agreement reserves questions of jurisdiction...

In Ogden Power Development – Cayman, Inc. v. PMR Limited Co., No. 14-CV-8169 (S.D.N.Y. May 21, 2015), a federal court in New York dismissed a...

USA: First Circuit holds honorable engagement clause empowers arbitrators to grant equitable remedies

In First State Ins. Co. v. National Casualty Co., No. 14-1644 (1st Cir. Mar. 20, 2015), the First Circuit rejected an argument that arbitrators...

The Shadow Arbitrator: Mere Luxury or Real Need?

In large arbitration cases, skilled counsels fill hundreds of pages with factual and legal arguments in order to persuade the arbitral tribunal. Only if...

Parties’ Preferences in International Arbitration: The Latest Statistics of the Leading Arbitral Institutions

Parties who want to opt for institutional arbitration (instead of ad-hoc arbitration) can choose amongst a long list of local and truly international arbitral...

USA: Court rejects use of Section 1782 in aid of private international arbitration

In a recent decision, In re Grupo Unidos Por El Canal, S.A., No. 14-mc-00226 (D. Col. Apr. 17, 2015), a magistrate judge in Colorado...

USA: District court confirms ICSID award’s interest rate

In Mobil Cerro Negro, Ltd. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 14-8163-cv (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 4, 2015), the District Court for the Southern District of...

USA: Eighth Circuit affirms order compelling individual arbitration of putative class action claims

Torres v. Simpatico, No. 14-1567 (8th Cir. Mar. 25, 2015), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court's order compelling individual arbitration...

The new ICCA Drafting Sourcebook and the Rise of Soft Law in International Arbitration

The International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”) has recently published a so-called “Drafting Sourcebook for Logistical Matters in Procedural Orders” ("ICCA Drafting Sourcebook"). This...

Disregarding Witness Statements? Why Arbitrators cannot Unring the Bell

Witness evidence in international arbitration is generally prepared by witness statements these days. A witness statement is a written account of the testimony that...