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How far Should the Court go in Applying Public Policy? Lessons from Sweden

How far Should the Court go in Applying Public Policy? Lessons from Sweden

In January 2015 the Russian Supreme Court upheld the decisions of the lower courts which refused to enforce a SCC arbitration award due to public policy reasons. Prior to that the Swedish Svea Court of Appeal has reviewed the same case in the annulment proceedings and came to the opposite conclusion. The approaches of the Russian and […]

By 19 February, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Is a New Russia-Ukraine “Gas War” Coming?

Is a New Russia-Ukraine “Gas War” Coming?

On 29 January 2015 Gazprom released a report on its activities and financial indicators for the nine months up to the end of last September.  In this report Gazprom described the procedural details of the  forthcoming “gas price” arbitration between Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz, launched by the parties in summer 2014. This is not the first time […]

By 16 February, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Details of Russian Arbitration Day 2015 Released

Details of Russian Arbitration Day 2015 Released

The preliminary programme of the Russian Arbitration Day — 2015 conference, aimed at the development of arbitration on post-Soviet territory, was published today. Experts will discuss the current trends and challenges in the field of international arbitration affecting the region. The list of speakers and reports is already on the conference website. This arbitration event will take place in […]

Gas Price Renegotiation: A Sign of the Times

Gas Price Renegotiation: A Sign of the Times

The uncertain geopolitical landscape of today’s natural gas markets has led increasingly to renegotiation of long-term gas supply contracts. Such contracts, which can be worth billions of dollars, often include price adjustment mechanisms which are intended to ensure that over the lifetime of the contract the contractual price can be adjusted to reflect changes in […]

By 10 February, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Will A Bridge between the Crimea and Russia Violate International Law?

Will A Bridge between the Crimea and Russia Violate International Law?

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, international law scholars have faced a range of complex questions ranging from protection of investors to, most recently, building a bridge linking it with Russia’s Krasnodar region. In December the Russian appointed Prime Minister of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov acknowledged that the initial Russian project to build a bridge though the Kerch Strait might lead to […]

By 28 January, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Disclosure of Lawyer/Client Communications in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov

Disclosure of Lawyer/Client Communications in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov

English court considers whether privileged documents should be disclosed under the “iniquity exception” in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov. Communications between a client and its lawyer for the purposes of litigation or the giving or receiving of legal advice are confidential and privileged under English law. There are very few exceptions to this important principle. […]

By 22 January, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Russian Court (Yet Again) Finds an Optional Dispute Resolution Clause Partially Void

Russian Court (Yet Again) Finds an Optional Dispute Resolution Clause Partially Void

In a decision rendered on 27 November 2014 the Rostov Region Commercial Court voided an optional dispute resolution clause (“lender’s option”) in a facility agreement. The said provision empowered only one of the parties to institute proceedings before any competent state courts despite the arbitration clause and an alternative provision providing for the exclusive jurisdiction of English courts. […]

By 23 December, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
International Centre for Dispute Resolution at the CIS Economic Court Sets New Trends

International Centre for Dispute Resolution at the CIS Economic Court Sets New Trends

Last year the Presidium of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution at the Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States (ICDR) adopted the amended procedure for the settlement of disputes in the ICDR. The most significant changes occurred in the ICDR Arbitration Rules and Conciliation Rules. The ICDR was established by the CIS Economic Court, the […]

By 19 December, 2014 0 Comments Read More →