Form Requirements For Authorisations To Enter Into An Arbitration Agreement: The Austrian Perspective

by Miranda Mako, Associate at Konrad & Partners in Vienna, Austria


In its decision 6 Ob 195/17w dated 17 January 2018, the Austrian Supreme Court decided that the form requirements for an arbitration agreement also apply to the authorisation to an agent to enter into an arbitration agreement (or a contract containing an arbitration agreement).

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Tips from the top: Young ICCA interviews Nora Fredstie

Nora is an associate in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice. Her work focuses on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law.

She acts for clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including investment, oil and gas, energy, construction, pharmaceutical, and automotive. Nora operates in a range of geographic locations and with a current emphasis on South American related and intra-EU disputes. She has acted and participated in international arbitrations conducted under the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, CRCICA and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Further to her counsel work, she has acted as administrative secretary to arbitral tribunals, both in commercial and in investment arbitrations. She has also assisted with IBA and ICC projects and speaks at conferences on various international arbitration topics.

Originally from Norway, she completed her LLB/BA at the Australian National University and an LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an Attorney and Counselor at Law in the State of New York as well as a Solicitor in England and Wales.  Prior to joining Latham & Watkins in Paris, Nora gained experience working in Australia, the Netherlands, Chile, Norway, and France. Continue reading Tips from the top: Young ICCA interviews Nora Fredstie

SOAS Arbitration Report 2018 Bolsters Conversation on Arbitration in Africa

By Osasiuwa Edomwande (Counsel at Chronicles Advisory in Lagos)

On 2 May 2018, the maiden edition of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Arbitration in Africa Survey was launched at the SOAS Arbitration in Africa Research Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The survey, conducted using an online questionnaire, focused on perspectives of African arbitration practitioners in domestic and international arbitration. Continue reading SOAS Arbitration Report 2018 Bolsters Conversation on Arbitration in Africa

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: The Road To Overcoming Criticism

By Justine Touzet, Member of the Paris and New York Bar, Associate at Savoie Arbitration in Paris and Marine Vienot de Vaublanc, Member of the Paris Bar, LLM Candidate in International Dispute Resolution, Fordham School of Law

Recent events such as the NAFTA re-negotiations have drawn leading newspapers around the world to turn their attention to ISDS tribunals. Often in an effort to make their stories sensational, they speak of “obscure tribunals,” “secret trade court,” and “justice behind closed doors,” most of the time giving it an unfair and biased image.

In this context, the UN Commission on International Trade Law entrusted the Working Group III (the Working Group) with a broad mandate to work on the possible reform of the ISDS framework.  The Working Group is one of the six working groups to perform the substantive preparatory work on topics within the Commission’s program of work. Within its mandate, the Working Group is working on identifying and considering expressed concerns about ISDS (I) and desirable reforms and solutions to be recommended to the Commission (II).

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Will Mexico Lead The Next Wave of Investment Arbitration Claims?

By Damián Vallejo (International Arbitration Consultant at Cooley LLP, New York)

Mexico will hold its general elections (including presidential election) on July 1st. Whilst a center-right president is currently governing the country, Enrique Peña Nieto from the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (Institutional Revolutionary Party), the favorite candidate to win the upcoming elections is Andrés Manuel López Obrador (“AMLO”), according to the latest polls.

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