The evolution of international arbitration

By |July 20th, 2015|

This article was first published by Ashurst Singapore in March 2014

As cross-border trade and investment continues to grow, so does the need for fair, neutral and efficient resolution of international commercial disputes. International arbitration has emerged as the principal dispute resolution method for such disputes, but has become hampered in recent years by increasing costs and delays. Various proposals […]

Arbitration under SIAC Expedited Procedure not contrary to arbitration clause providing for 3 Arbitrators

By |July 20th, 2015|

First posted on Singapore International Arbitration Blog, March 18, 2015

In the recent case of AQZ v ARA, [2015] SGHC 49, the Singapore High Court had to consider a challenge to an SIAC award which was rendered pursuant to the SIAC’s expedited procedure under the SIAC Rules 2010. The High Court upheld the award rendered by the sole arbitrator even […]

Time limited obligations to engage in “friendly discussions” before proceeding to arbitration may be legally binding

By |July 20th, 2015|

First posted on Singapore International Arbitration Blog, July 21, 2014

[We are grateful for the following guest post from Charlotte Bamford, a Trainee Solicitor currently sitting in the Commercial Litigation Group of Olswang’s London office.]

In Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Limited [2014] EWHC 2104 (Comm), the Commercial court considered whether a contractual clause requiring the parties […]

The separated arbitrator

By |September 5th, 2014|

Ben Giaretta and Michael Weatherley discuss two recent cases in England and Singapore about what law governs an arbitration clause, and explain what this means for commercial parties.

A paradoxical barber 

The philosopher Bertrand Russell1 gave the following example of a logical paradox: if a barber shaves all those, and only those, men in town who do not shave themselves, who […]

Back to the future: Reliance -v- Union of India

By |September 5th, 2014|

Ben Giaretta and Akshay Kishore report on the latest in a line of judgments from the Supreme Court of India concerning the powers of the Indian courts to intervene in foreign-seated arbitrations: Reliance Industries Limited & Another -v- Union of India (2014)

The BALCO effect 

In 2012, the judgment of the Supreme Court of India in Bharat Aluminium (BALCO)2 marked a […]

Ten tips for saving time and cost in international arbitration

By |September 5th, 2014|

Concerns over increasing time and costs in international arbitration have risen in recent years. These were famously articulated by the Chief Justice of Singapore in his opening speech at the ICCA Conference in 2012.1 Various arbitral institutions have also issued guidelines in the last few years, designed to help parties save time and costs.2 Here, Ben Giaretta and Michael […]