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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