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Whether an arbitral tribunal’s decision constitutes an “award” is an important question. It determines, for example, whether the decision is subject to review by the supervisory court, the available recourse against it, and its enforceability. As there is no universally accepted definition of “award”, its meaning depends on the jurisdiction in question. The Court of First Instance considered in two recent cases whether the arbitrator’s decision amounted to an award: In G v N [2024]…

On 1 June 2024, the 2024 Administered Arbitration Rules of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre will come into effect. The 2024 Rules can be accessed here. The 2024 Rules maintain HKIAC’s “light touch” approach to case administration, which respects party autonomy and has been a fundamental feature of HKIAC administered arbitrations. This means that parties who have adopted arbitration under the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules in force when the arbitration commences can rest assured…

Welcome to the 17th edition of the Baker McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook. We are pleased to bring you our analysis of notable developments in international arbitration over the past year from over 40 jurisdictions worldwide. As with the editions before it, the 2023-2024 Yearbook covers important legislative and case law updates from each jurisdiction. This includes: New arbitral rules from many institutions including the SCC (Stockholm), CAM (Milan), CIAM (Madrid), SCCA (Saudi Arabia), CIETAC (China),…

In CVV and others v CWB [2023] SGCA(I) 9, the Singapore Court of Appeal (“SGCA”) upheld the Singapore International Commercial Court’s (“SICC”) refusal to set aside an arbitral award for, among others, a breach of the rules of natural justice. According to the SGCA, arbitrators are not held to the same standards as judges of a court when giving a reasoned decision. This is because the grounds on which one may challenge a judgment are…