Alexis Mourre took up the office of President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration almost a year and a half ago. From the beginning it was clear that Alexis had a vision to address the problems of arbitration, particularly the criticism regarding the lack of transparency and lengthy arbitration proceedings. These two issues appear… Continue Reading
“Good morning, Sir. I’m calling from the appellate court in X – you transferred 300 zloty. What’s that for please?” “A court fee for the declaration of enforceability in Poland of a judgment of a foreign arbitration court.” “Sir, we are the appellate court and recognize only appeals” “No, from January 1st this year, the… Continue Reading
It is ten years since the current Polish mediation and arbitration laws were enacted. Round dates encourage retrospection and thoughts about the future. Just like wine, law needs time to mature. It needs court decisions and doctrine to pull it out of its depths and decode the “proper” sense of the legal norms. But only… Continue Reading
From 1st to 19th July 2013, the French capital hosted key individuals from the world of international arbitration – the leading representatives of science, arbitrators and other practitioners whose names are associated with landmark arbitration cases and awards. They took part in the International Academy for Arbitration Law program.
The concept of an “ADR Pledge” has been known for at least last three decades. Mostly it is a public statement in which those who sign it (corporations, law firms, governmental agencies etc.) declare that they will adopt a systemic approach to dispute resolution with more focus on mediation and ADR. ADR pledges have been… Continue Reading
Some time ago, a decision of October 9, 2012, regarding Bureau Veritas, Inspection, Valuation, Assessment and Control (BIVAC) versus Uruguay (ICSID Case No ARB/07/09) has become public. I think this is compulsory reading for anybody dealing with investment arbitration. This is the second decision regarding jurisdiction in this matter, which became a basis for the… Continue Reading
I have heard lately from a few people whose opinions I value, negative comments about arbitration. It takes too long, the procedure is vague and unpredictable and the outcome was unsatisfactory. If in the football the saying of the football coach Kazimierz Górski that “the ball is round and there are two goals” had such career I think that… Continue Reading