The Judgements Convention: A game changer in the field of international commercial disputes?

By Chintan Nirala, Advocate LL.M. King’s College London, and Kathleen Mpofu, Intern at ICCA

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) started the Judgements Project in 1992 which focused on two facets of cross-border litigation: international jurisdiction of courts and recognition and enforcement of their judgements abroad. The project has produced two conventions: The 2005 Choice of Courts Convention and the 2019 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Civil or Commercial Matters (the Convention).

This post will provide an analysis of the Convention, looking at practical issues such as its goals, entry into force, key provisions and what its conclusion could possibly mean for the future of international commercial dispute resolution.

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Improving the Participation of Minorities in International Arbitration

By Fakhruddin Ali Valika, LL.M. student at Columbia University

This blog post provides a summary of a YICCA workshop held on 26 September 2019 in New York.  The event was jointly organized with the Blacks of the American Society of International Law (BASIL) – a task force formed in 2014 at the invitation of ASIL’s former Honorary President Gabrielle K. McDonald).

The NY event was the second collaboration between the two organizations and arose out of a call to action by Donald Donovan (Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in NY, and former ICCA President), whose firm generously hosted the workshop.  The event was also supported by the ArbitralWomen; the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law; the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge; and the New York International Arbitration Center.

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A further step towards business and human rights arbitration – The Hague Rules

By Maria Laura Izzo, Lawyer at Pinsent Masons

Recently, focus has been brought upon the use of international arbitration to solve human rights abuses caused by businesses (“BHR Arbitration“). Disputes involving human rights violations often occur between parties of unequal financial means and commercial sophistication, and in countries which cannot offer an efficient and free from corruption judicial system. Arbitration has the potential to represent a valid remedy when judicial proceedings are not available or efficient, offering a neutral forum free from political pressures, impartial judges with expertise in human rights selected by the parties, procedural flexibility, greater efficiency and near-universal recognition as a result of the New York Convention.

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Where does Portugal stand in the Magnificent Confusion of An Arbitration Agreement With No Express Choice of Law

by Carolina Apolo Roque, Trainee Lawyer at CMS Portugal

With as many as nine identified approaches to the potential applicable law to the arbitration agreement, Marc Blessing, as an experienced author, arbitrator and lawyer, could not help but ask: “Are we thus faced with a magnificent confusion?” (“The Law Applicable to the Arbitration Clause” 1999, in Improving the Efficiency of Arbitration Agreements and Awards: 40 Years of Application of the New York Convention, ICCA Congress Series 9). This post focuses on the approach that would most likely be followed in an international arbitration seated in Portugal, shedding light on where it stands in this magnificent confusion.

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Tips from the top: Young ICCA interviews Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee

Amanda is an independent arbitrator and a Consultant at Seymours, based in London. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, domestic and international commercial litigation and Privy Council appellate procedure.

Her experience includes disputes arising in relation to a variety of sectors, including the recycling, construction, automotive and finance sectors. She has acted and participated in international and domestic arbitrations conducted on an ad hoc basis and under institutional rules. 

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