Canada’s Balancing Act: Ad Hoc v. Institutionally Administered Arbitration – What’s Next?

By Shashi K. Dholandas, International Case Director for the AAA-ICDR in New York City

Canadians rightfully pride themselves on playing an integral role in the ever advancing development of international procedural rules and arbitral institutions. Canada was the first country to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration in 1986 and its nationals continue to champion the implementation of cutting edge institutional dispute resolution tools such as emergency arbitrator, joinder, and consolidation mechanisms; mechanisms which are becoming commonplace through their adoption in one form or another by arbitral institutions around the world.

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Draft SCC Rules for consultation: What’s new?

By Celeste Estefania Salinas Quero, Legal Counsel for the Stockholm Chambers of Commerce

On 26 April 2016, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC”) released for public consultation drafts of the 2017 Arbitration Rules and 2017 Rules for Expedited Arbitrations (“draft rules”). The drafts, which update the 2010 SCC Rules, are the result of a one and half-years of work by a special committee composed of international and local practitioners, academics, SCC Board and Secretariat members (“Committee”). The Committee was divided into three sub-committees that in parallel and coordinately revised the SCC Rules and worked with special provisions for investor-state disputes.

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Greek economic crisis: are sovereign bonds protected “investments” under Bilateral Investment Treaties? ICSID Case No. ARB/13/8

By Stella Petritsi, a Solicitor at Thomas Cooper in Piraeus, Greece

Despite broad interpretation of “investment” in Bilateral Investment Treaties (“BITs”), an ICSID tribunal (“the Tribunal”) found on 9 April 2015 that the purchase of Greek Government Bonds did not constitute an “investment” in Greece. Whether under the Slovakia – Greece BIT, the Greece – Cyprus BIT or the ICSID Convention. Lacking jurisdiction on that basis, the Tribunal dismissed claims brought by Poštová banka (“Postova”), a Slovak bank, and its majority shareholder Istrokapital SE (“Istrokapital”), a company incorporated in Cyprus, against the Hellenic Republic (“Greece”).

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Mediation – the new “international arbitration” for our generation?

By Anna-Maria Tamminen, a Managing Associate at Hannes Snellman in Helsinki, Finland

I had the pleasure of attending the meeting of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR in Paris in mid-April. At the meeting, Ms. Hannah Tümpel, the former Manager of the ICC’s ADR Centre gave a powerful talk entitled “Some Thoughts on the Future of ADR”. According to Hannah, there is keen demand among the members of the ICC for wider use of mediation and we, as dispute resolution lawyers, should embrace that demand instead of continuing to debate how to curb time and costs in arbitration.

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The Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Regulations 2015

By Nicholas Querée (Associate at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in London)

1.    On 21 October 2015, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), the most recent in a line of financial free zones in the Middle East, formally opened for business.  Like its forebears, the Qatar Financial Centre (“QFC”) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”), the ADGM is empowered to enact its own civil and commercial laws with the aim of providing an attractive legal and regulatory environment for companies minded to establish in the new jurisdiction, and encouraging inward investment to and a greater diversification of the Emirate’s economy.
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