In October the Mauritius Convention on Transparency entered into force after being ratified by Mauritius, Canada and Switzerland – ensuring transparent investor-state arbitration proceedings with open hearings, publicly accessible documents and scope for amicus curiae submissions became part of the ISDS regime of those three states.
In this issue, GAR asks whether the agreement will secure the signatories needed to make it “fly” and whether the growing importance of transparency has lessened the emphasis on confidentiality for private parties.
But that’s not all. Ahead of the ICCA Congress in Sydney next year, Australian arbitrator Doug Jones tells us how his homeland has taken advantage of faster air travel and greater connectivity to overcome the “tyranny of distance” and position itself as an attractive seat for arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Another Australian, appellate judge-turned-arbitrator Michael Kirby, tells us how arbitrators can tackle the simple task of averting a nuclear apocalypse and reducing climate change. We also hear from Ismail Selim of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration about how the centre is shaping up and the president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Alexis Mourre gives us a lesson in arbitral ethics.
In this edition:
- The Mauritius Convention: A new era of transparency?
- Australia: The tyranny of distance
- Brexit: how to settle the divorce bill?
- Alexis Mourre on Ethics
- Averting the Apocalypse: How arbitrators should respond to nuclear and climate change threats
- Developing the Cairo centre: An interview with Ismail Selim
- GAR Live New York: GAR Live considers the Trump effect
- GAR Live Hong Kong: Tribunal dynamics - making the best of an arranged marriage
- GAR Live Vienna: Could investment treaties solve the European migrant crisis?
- How can Scotland succeed?
- Pierre Mayer on the arbitrator’s powers
- The world is not enough – Sir Bernard Eder calls for shorter cases
- Careers in international arbitration: taking the institutional route