Human Rights Day – Stand Up For Someone’s Rights

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Next week is Human Rights Day. It is observed every year on  December 10. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Continue reading

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EBS Law School Arbitration Day: All New and All Better? From New Rules to New Courts, November 18, 2016

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headergrafik-law-school-main_visual_largeThe Center for Transnational Commercial Dispute Resolution (TCDR) at the EBS Law School in Wiesbaden hosts an Arbitration Day on the “Quest for Improved Systems of Arbitration”. One of the organisers of the event is EBS Professor Matthias Weller, who has previously contributed to this blog. Continue reading

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12th Frankfurt Roundtable on Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration, November 14, 2016

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Logo_FIACThis year’s Frankfurt Roundtable on Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration (Gesprächskreis Investitionsrecht und – Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit) is held on November 14, 2015. As always, Alfred Escher and Jan Schäfer are organizing the event in conjunction with the Frankfurt International Arbitration Center. Continue reading

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German Federal Supreme Court on Pechstein: Update

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220px-Claudia_Pechstein_2008Today, the September/October 2016 issue of the German Arbitration Journal (Zeitschrift für Schiedsverfahren) landed on my desk. It contains, for the benefit of all non-German readers, an English translation of the judgment dated June 7, 2016 in the matter of Claudia Pechstein v. International Skating Union (see here for our earlier coverage on this blog).

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Transparency in Investment Arbitration: Video Stream of Hearing in Vattenfall vs. Germany

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icsid-logoVattenfall’s challenge to Germany’s opt-out from nuclear power is getting a lot of public attention. Vattenfall’s earlier case aganist Germany, commenced in 2009 over environmental restrictions for a coal-fired power plant in Hamburg, is often cited as an example that investment treaty arbitration lacks transparency. Not so this time: Last week, ICSID announced that the parties have agreed to make the hearing open to the public. Continue reading

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Securities Litigation in Germany: Volkswagen and The Fall-out of Dieselgate

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Landgericht BraunschweigOn the blog, we have tracked the jurisdictional journey of securities litigation brought against Porsche in relation to its failed attempt to take over Volkswagen (see here and here, for example). Now, Volkswagen itself is at the centre of the most recent wave of big-time securities litigation. Investors are suing VW for failure to inform markets on time about the diesel emissions scandal, also known as Dieselgate. Jurisdictionally, things are pretty straightforward this time. The competent court, the Braunschweig District Court (Landgericht) issued a press release earlier this week on the current scope of the litigation. Continue reading

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DIS40: Art and Dispute Resolution, Berlin, September 27, 2016

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dis-logoThe German Institution for Arbitration’s Autumn Conference is coming up soon, on September 28, 2016, in Berlin. DIS 40, the German Young Arbitrators’ Club for those under 40 or prepared to lie about their age, is hosting its event the day before, on Art and Dispute Resolution. Continue reading

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ICC Arbitrator Appointments: A First Look At The Data

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ICC Court of Arbitration LogoAs reported here earlier, in January 2016, the ICC Court announced that it would start to publish the names of arbitrators serving in ICC administered cases.

When the first six names and the corresponding information were released in June 2016, the snapshot of arbitrator appointment at the time was surprisingly young, and surprisingly female: At that point in time, six sole arbitrators had been appointed, three of them were women. Looking at the biographies on the website of the arbitrators, the majority – both male and female – of them struck me as young (at least by the standards of the arbitration community, and using graduation and bar admittance dates as proxies for age). Continue reading

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2nd Litigation Committee Conference on Private International Law, November 17/18 2016, Milan

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Palazzo TuratiFollowing the first successful IBA Litigation Committee Conference on Private International in Milan in 2014, the Litigation Committee is presenting the second edition, again in Milan. This year’s topic is The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: New Perspectives in International Commercial Dispute Resolution (click here for the full programme). Continue reading

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Dortmund Court Grants Pakistani Workers Legal Aid to Pursue Tort Claims Against German Textile Importer

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Das-Landgericht---Aussenansicht_thumb_250Today, the District Court (Landgericht) Dortmund announced that it had granted four Pakistani plaintiffs, who are either victims or relatives of victims of a fire in a textile factory in Karachi, legal aid (Prozesskostenhilfe) to pursue their damages claims against KiK, a German textile retailer, in the German courts. On September 11, 2012, fire broke out during the late afternoon shift at a factory in Karachi and killed nearly 300 people. It was reported that hundreds of workers were trapped inside the factory, as the building had metal grilles on the windows and no fire exits. KiK did not operate the factory directly or indirectly, but sourced goods from the Pakistani operator of the factory (see here for the BBC’s coverage of the incident). Continue reading

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