2017 | Octubre 30 Norton Rose Fulbright has released its 2017 Litigation Trends Annual Survey. This year’s survey polled more than 300 senior corporate counsel representing US-based organizations on disputes-related issues and concerns.
Survey respondents point to a growing threat to cyber security, an issue they indicate stands as the greatest emerging threat to a business. Nearly two-thirds of those polled (63 percent) feel more exposed to disputes in this area. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Octubre 24
A former African National Congress (ANC) MP, Jennifer Ferguson, said on Tuesday, that she reached out to a top South African sports boss offering a “mediated restorative justice” process following allegations that he raped her at a Port Elizabeth hotel 24 years ago.
“I need to state that if mediation takes place there is no assumption of guilt,” Ferguson posted to Facebook on Tuesday. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Octubre 1 Welcome to issue 9 of Norton Rose Fulbright’s International arbitration report.
In this issue, Norton Rose Fulbright features the exciting topic of innovation and disruption in international arbitration. They review the procedural and technological advances that are, or soon will be, changing international arbitration and dispute resolution more generally. Their lawyers track the global trends, risks and opportunities in this changing landscape.
This report outlines the most-hyped legal technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts. Norton Rose argues that arbitration, as an inherently innovative process, is well-placed to utilize and benefit from new legal technologies, in particular online dispute resolution and Big Data. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 26
Passed in April, the Arbitration Act 2017 repealed and replaced the 1900 Arbitration Act and seeks to provide an effective non-judicial mechanism for settling disputes between contracting parties. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 22 The Hong Kong Legislative Council recently passed the Apology Bill with the aim of removing certain legal disincentives for parties to convey an apology in the context of civil disputes. In the footsteps of many overseas jurisdictions which have already adopted apology legislation, Hong Kong is the first Asian jurisdiction to enact this type of legislation, which generally precludes an apology from being taken into account in the determination of fault and liability. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 21 The US Supreme Court invalidated a state court rule that had held unenforceable arbitration agreements entered into under broad powers of attorney whenever the powers of attorney did not expressly entitle the representative to enter into an arbitration agreement. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 20 To make India a hub of mediation and arbitration, the Ministry of Law and Justice will include Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practices and techniques in law schools’ curriculum.
The ministry is also mooting for collaboration with foreign law schools and universities and experts in mediation to conduct lectures and courses on mediation practice and techniques. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 12 It has been ten years since Bolivia denounced the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Convention (“ICSID Convention”), becoming the first country to withdraw from the ICSID Convention in history. True, several countries have never even signed the ICSID Convention in the first place (including large economies such as Brazil and India), but until 2007, no countries had denounced the treaty. After Bolivia´s denunciation, Ecuador and Venezuela soon followed. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 8
Once bitcoin was created, there appeared a necessity to resolve disputes that emerge in decentralized society. The rise of Ethereum and smart-contracts emerged in recent years and intensified the request for a decentralized type of legal entity, capable of providing answers to all types of smart questions.
A few years ago a group of enthusiasts inspired with the technology proclaimed that: “Code is law.” Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Agosto 3 Recent trends indicate a growing interest in investor-state mediation. Previously, the intermittent dialogue in investor-state mediation was speculative and often sceptical. The perception has been that compulsory mechanisms would be necessary for any dispute resolution process involving states to be effective. However, governments, investors and institutions now seem to be considering meditation as a viable tool for resolving investor-state disputes. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Julio 17 In this issue, Norton Rose Fulbright features a number of articles on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Lawyers from across this global firm review various developments in this area, including requests for reconsideration in ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration, whether the doctrine of precedent could or should apply in investment arbitration and the trends in investor-state disputes that can be identified from recent ICSID statistics. NRF also has the pleasure of interviewing Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of ICSID, to get her thoughts on key developments in ICSID arbitration during her term, challenges facing ISDS and how we might see it evolve over the next 50 years. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Julio 7 Corporate Disputes is a specialized publication dedicated to analyzing the latest developments in corporate and commercial dispute resolution. To read their reports you must become a subscriber. In this new issue, Corporate Disputes examines the latest trends in commercial dispute resolution in the infrastructure, tax and regulation, and private equity funds sectors. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Junio 26 Two elements are at play in judicial enforcement of arbitration awards: One is the formal legal elements: Courts are legally incapable of enforcing arbitral awards issued by religious tribunals if they fail to follow the basic legal demands imposed by the Federal Arbitration Act. Second, even if faith-based arbitrators have observed all the formal legal requirements, they must still convince judges that their religious dispute resolution processes are genuinely fair, effective and worth upholding. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Abril 25
The Arbitration Bill, which seeks to provide an effective non-judicial mechanism for settling disputes between contracting parties, was passed in the Senate on Friday (April 21) with 50 amendments. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Abril 25 Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Bonnici highlighted increased efficiency in Family Court proceedings over the first three months of this year, saying that the number of couples opting for mediation had increased by 26.5% compared to five years ago. The number of amicable outcomes has increased by a full 33%. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Abril 24 An alternative dispute settlement mechanism of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has proved its effectiveness in settling labor conflicts involving monetary and collective bargaining benefits amounting to more than P2 billion. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Monday said it was a record expeditious settlement of labor disputes using the alternative dispute resolution. Sigue leyendo →
2017 1 Abril 20 A world-first Australian program is providing a platform for sexual abuse survivors to confront and communicate with perpetrators.
The restorative justice program, conducted by Melbourne’s South East Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA), aims to mitigate some of the harm caused by abuse and help survivors move on with their lives. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Abril 10 In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court has declined to enforce an arbitration agreement due to a provision allegedly waiving plaintiff’s ability to seek “public injunctive relief” under California’s consumer protection statutes. The court’s rationale seems contrary, if not openly hostile, to the recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent enforcing such agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Abril 4 The Florida Supreme Court on March 16 released a new set of rules to simplify the family law processes while establishing a separate set of rules and procedures for matters before family court.
2017 | Abril 1 The Ministry of Justice will be establishing 14 Parish Justice Centres across the island this year to train 3,000 Restorative Justice facilitators for the swift resolution of conflicts at the community level. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Marzo 30 KPMG and MacRobert Attorneys have joined ties to create a Tax Dispute Resolution Alliance, building on the longstanding relationship between the two firms on tax dispute matters, going back a number of years. Sigue leyendo →
2017 | Marzo 24
While there are strong rules in place in the EU to protect consumers, in practice consumers sometimes encounter problems getting redress when their rights are violated, particularly cross border.
2017 | Marzo 21 The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law has once again been named number one among academic dispute resolution programs in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Law School Rankings. Released last week, the rankings place the Straus Institute at the top of the list for the twelfth time in thirteen years. Sigue leyendo →