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Revised ICC Note to Parties and Tribunals: Will Publication of Awards Become the New Normal?

On 20 December 2018 the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) published an updated Note to Parties and Arbitral Tribunals on the Conduct of the Arbitration under the ICC Rules of Arbitration (Note). The Note, which came into effect from 1 January 2019, introduces a number of significant updates to the ICC’s practical guidance on its Rules of Arbitration.

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SIAC sees drop in cases, increase in dispute amount

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) saw its number of new case filings drop from 452 in 2017 to 402 in 2018. However, the aggregate sum in dispute for all new cases rose steeply to $7.06 billion from $4.07 billion a year previously.Of the 402 new cases filed last year, some 375 were administered, while 27 were ad hoc appointments. Both figures were smaller compared to 2017, for which the equivalent numbers were 421 and 31.

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Determination of seat of arbitration, and its legal significance

The seat of arbitration is a concept referring to location in the legal significance of international commercial arbitration. In the absence of parties’ agreement, the arbitration procedure shall be governed by the law of the seat of such proceeding, and supervised by the court of such seat, and receive relevant judicial support.

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The ICC standard arbitration clause potentially invalid in Russia

According to Russian media, the ICC has recently applied to the Russian Supreme Court (“SC“) asking that it clarify the approach of Russian courts to the ICC standard arbitration clause demonstrated in one of their cases (No. A40-176466/17). In this case the Moscow Arbitrazh Court and appeal courts (including the SC), found that a reference to the arbitration rules of an arbitral institution was not sufficiently clear evidence that the parties had agreed on that specific institution to administer the resolution of their disputes.

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The Singapore Convention: A breakthrough for international trade

Litigation and arbitration can be lengthy and costly, which explains in part why mediation has been gaining in popularity as a method for resolving cross-border commercial disputes. What’s lacking, however, is a comprehensive legal framework for the enforcement of international settlement agreements. Without one, parties to a mediated settlement usually have to get a court judgment in a foreign jurisdiction to enforce the agreement.

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Facing cybersecurity head on: the arbitration community develops guidance on how to tackle this difficult issue

There is an emerging consensus among the arbitration community that parties, arbitral institutions and tribunals in individual arbitration matters must give greater attention to cybersecurity in order to minimise the risks of a successful attack.

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A future-ready justice system for Singapore

IN 2015, the Chief Justice established the Civil Justice Commission (CJC) to review Singapore’s civil justice system, with the goal of transforming and modernising the litigation process. The CJC’s report was issued in October 2018, along with a consultation paper containing wide-ranging recommendations. These include overhauling the Court process and enhancing early judicial oversight of Court proceedings. They will give judges more flexibility and control, ensuring a more time- and cost-effective administration of justice for litigants.

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Singapore: Singapore Infrastructure Dispute-Management Protocol

On October 23, 2018 Singapore’s Ministry of Law launched the Singapore Infrastructure Dispute- Management Protocol (Protocol), as a way to help parties to mega infrastructure projects navigate disputes and minimize the risks of time and cost overruns.

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Practical tips on arbitrating intellectual property disputes

While traditionally resolved through litigation, parties are now increasingly referring their disputes concerning an intellectual property right (IPR) to arbitration, especially in cases where there is a cross border element.

This article seeks to provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of arbitrating intellectual property (IP) disputes, address two main concerns when arbitrating IP disputes, and provide practical tips on drafting arbitration agreements involving IPRs.

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Singapore, Indonesia ink pact to offer protection, global arbitration access to investors

SINGAPORE and Indonesia on Thursday signed an agreement to promote and protect investments, with the treaty promising Singapore companies operating in Indonesia protection and access to international arbitration in the event of investment disputes. Indonesian companies operating in the Republic will similarly enjoy investment protection. The agreement, known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), was signed at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia. Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat as part of the Singapore delegation, signed the agreement with Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesia President Joko Widodo.

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Superior Court of Justice analyses the scope of arbitration in oil and gas concessions
Call for Cybersecurity Guidelines in International Arbitration
Arbitration Speedread: LCIA updates its guidelines on the role of the Tribunal Secretary
Arbitration Exposed? Recent Cases Remind us that Parties Cannot Assume Arbitration Awards will Remain Confidential
English Court rejects claim that notice of arbitration given in a foreign language is not proper notice
Ineligible Arbitrator Also Ineligible to Nominate Arbitrator: Indian Supreme Court – Does the Judgment Open Pandora’s Box?
Keep Calm and Arbitrate? The Impact of Political Events on International Arbitration
Public Comment Period Now Open on Draft Report of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding
Shanghai Court Refuses Enforcement of SIAC Award Made under 2013 SIAC Expedited Procedure
A Stepping Stone Without Overstepping The Mark – English Commercial Court Outlines What Constitutes Inappropriate Delegation Within Arbitration Tribunals
Greater harmony required if arbitration is to break through in Africa
Diamond in the Rough: Singapore High Court sets aside Lesotho investor-State Award
Recent Developments of Commercial Arbitration in China — Interpretation of Opinions of the Supreme People’s Court on Providing Judicial Protection for the Construction of Pilot Free Trade Zones
Three takeaways on how digital technologies are transforming arbitration
SIAC Opens its Second Representative Office in India in GIFT
Apology Legislation Passed In Hong Kong – What Does It Mean For You
UAE to introduce new arbitration law before the end of 2017: Lawyer
Be wise people, not just smart lawyers: former Attorney-General V. K. Rajah tells NUS law graduates
2 S’poreans lauded as leaders in arbitration
Strong take-up drives expansion at Maxwell Chambers
HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding
Arbitration on the rise in Asian trade
The International Arbitration Bill: South Africa as a preferred Arbitration Venue on the Horizon?
CIETAC launches first public-private partnership arbitration centre in China
Japan to open center for international business arbitration
Singapore Court of Appeal confirms the validity of “unilateral option to arbitrate” clauses
ICC launches new online research tool: ICC Digital Library
Lawyers must raise their game to stay ahead of the times: Shanmugam
Arbitration pioneer Alvin Yeo offers tip to young lawyers
SMU is Champion at the 10th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot and the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot
SIAC Announces All-Time Record Numbers for 2016
Supreme Court of India Upholds Validity of Appellate Arbitration Clauses
First Time PRC Court Recognizes a Foreign Judgment Based on Principle of Reciprocity
The 2017 ICAC International Arbitration Rules Released
Towards the Uncertainties of a Hard Brexit: An Opportunity for International Arbitration
PM Lee Thanks Outgoing Attorney-General V K Rajah For Outstanding Contributions
Two Bills Passed to Boost Singapore’s Position as Dispute Resolution Hub
Singapore’s Arbitration Hub Status to Receive Boost with Maxwell Chambers Expansion
Enforceability of One-Sided Optional Arbitration Clauses in Singapore
What Law Governs the Separability of an Arbitration Agreement?
SIAC Announces Official Release of the SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules
Singapore International Arbitration Centre appoints Davinder Singh as new chairman
ICC Announces a New Expedited Procedure To Come Into Force March 2017
The New SCC 2017 Arbitration Rules Now Public
Legislative Changes to Enhance Singapore as an International Hub for Commercial Dispute Resolution
CIArb Presidential Elections Result
First International Arbitration Centre Comes Up in Mumbai
Indorsee of Promissory Notes Not Bound by Arbitration Agreement in Underlying Contract
Announcement of Office Bearers Following 2016 AGM: Francis Xavier SC Re-elected as Chairman of Singapore Branch
Court May Order Closed-Door Hearing in Proceedings Linked to Arbitration
Suitability of Ad Hoc Admissions: Singapore Court Admits English QC for Arbitration Appeal
SIAC Releases Costs and Duration Study
American Arbitration Association Launches AAA À La Carte Services Resource
ICC Begins Publishing Arbitrator Information in Drive for Improved Transparency
Note to Parties and Arbitral Tribunals on the Conduct of the Arbitration Under the ICC Rules of Arbitration
CIArb Publishes New Arbitration Guidelines
Singapore High Court Orders Stay of Two Different but Related Court Proceedings Where One Claim Should Have Been Commenced by Way of Arbitration
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Agreement with GIFT
Singapore Arbitration Rules – All Change?
Arbitration Training to Boost Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific
SIAC Announces Appointment of New Registrar and Promotion of Deputy Registrar
Arbitration Training to Boost Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific
Yukos – The Saga Continues: Arbitral Awards Against Russian Federation Annulled by Court in The Hague
Venezuela Ordered to Pay Crystallex US$1.386 Billion in Arbitration Ruling
International Arbitration Guidelines: Safe Ports for Arbitral Storms
Singapore Court of Appeal: Prima Facie Standard for Stay in Favour of Arbitration and Arbitrability of Minority Oppression Claims
SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oe-Cusse Administration
ASEAN Judges Training Held at Singapore Supreme Court
SIAC Announces Record Case Numbers for 2015
LCIA Adopts a Changed Approach to Indian Arbitration Market
Singapore Academy of Law: Study on Governing Law & Jurisdiction Choices in Cross-border Transaction
ICC Court Announces New Policies to Foster Transparency and Ensure Greater Efficiency
Amendments to India’s Arbitration Act: An Analysis
New Year, New Practice Note: HKIAC Issues Practice Note on Consolidation of Arbitrations
Public Consultation on Draft SIAC Arbitration Rules
Hong Kong Court Considers Its Power to Grant Injunctions in Support of Foreign Arbitrations; Says Hybrid Clause Enforceable
Sundra Rajoo Calls for Caribbean Uptake of Model Law
Philippines Official Confident in South China Sea Arbitration Case
SIAC Announces the Formation of the SIAC Users Council Regional and National Committees