Harout Jack Samra is an attorney in DLA Piper’s international arbitration practice. He has experience in proceedings administered under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration rules. Harout is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He also received B.A. (cum laude) and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Miami.
By Chizaram Uzodinma, Law Student at Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus
There has been a battle of supremacy between national courts and the autonomy of parties in arbitral proceedings to decide the jurisdiction and finality of the arbitral process. The Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act provides the extent of how courts can intervene in the arbitral process. However, some of the provisions permitting court intervention have sometimes served as basis for unwarranted interference.
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By Preeti Bhagnani and Jade Harry, Associates at White & Case, New York
On October 14, 2016, the American Bar Association (”ABA”) Investment Treaty Working Group published a draft Discussion Paper on the EU’s proposal for a permanent Investment Court System (“ICS” or “Investment Court”) to replace ad hoc investor-state dispute settlement (“ISDS”). The ICS forms part of the EU’s proposal for the Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership (“TTIP”) currently under negotiation between the EU and the USA and is part of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) and the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (“EU-Vietnam FTA”).
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By Apoorva J. Patel (Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, New York)
In a recent decision in Corporación Mexicana de Mantenimiento Integral, S. De R.L. De C.V. v. Pemex-Exploración Y Producción, No. 13-4022 (2d Cir. Aug. 2, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Second Circuit”) affirmed a U.S. district court’s confirmation of an international arbitration award previously vacated by a court at the arbitration’s seat in Mexico. This article provides an overview of the decision and addresses its implications on what remains a contentious issue in the international arbitration community.
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By Victor Looi
The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) revised its arbitration rules earlier this year as part of its efforts to be among the world’s leading arbitration institutions. Numerous key changes were made to enhance the efficiency and cost effectiveness of arbitration. This blog examines several new or changed provisions in the SIAC Rules 2016 that are of great relevance to arbitration practitioners and users alike.