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RAA40 Newsletter No 7 2017 RAA40 Newsletter No 6 2016 RAA40 Newsletter No 5 2015 RAA40 Newsletter No 4 2014 RAA40 Newsletter No 3 2014 (part 1) RAA40 Newsletter No 3 2014 (part 2) RAA40 Newsletter No 2 2014 RAA40 Newsletter No 1 2013 Acknowledgments RAA40 is a forum for the young arbitration practitioners in Russia […]

Exxon v Russia: What are the Possible Legal Outcomes?  
By 27 April, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Exxon v Russia: What are the Possible Legal Outcomes?  

According to media reports, American oil giant ExxonMobil submitted a tax claim against the Russian Federation in arbitration at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (the “SCC“) at the beginning of April. The dispute concerns Exxon’s Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project in Russia’s Far East. The investor believes that it overpaid $500 million in profit taxes because a 2009 cut in the rate of profit […]

Appellate Court Restores “Lender’s Option to Litigate” Clause
By 15 April, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Appellate Court Restores “Lender’s Option to Litigate” Clause

On 12 March 2015 a Russian appellate court overruled the lower court’s decision invalidating the “lender’s option” part of a complex dispute resolution clause and referring parties to arbitration. As discussed earlier on the CIS Arbitration Forum, the lender’s option clause empowers only one of the parties to the facility agreement to institute proceedings before any competent state court in spite of the […]

Swedish Court Confirms that Russia is Bound by an Arbitration Agreement It Has Not Signed
By 22 March, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Swedish Court Confirms that Russia is Bound by an Arbitration Agreement It Has Not Signed

In a recent decision the Svea Court of Appeal refused to set aside the arbitral award in the Badprim case. In that case, the tribunal had extended an arbitration agreement between a private contractor and a Russian state authority to include the Russian Federation itself. This article first looks at the Badprim case, and then puts it into the […]

The Future of Arbitration in Russia. Asia in Focus

The Future of Arbitration in Russia. Asia in Focus

The Russian Arbitration Association (RAA) will hold its II Annual International Conference “The Future for Arbitration in Russia. Asia in Focus”. The Moscow Times is a co-organiser and CIS Arbitration Forum is an information partner of the event. The conference will discuss the on-going reform of the arbitration courts in Russia. The working group at the […]

Gas Price Renegotiation: A Sign of the Times
By 10 February, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

Will A Bridge between the Crimea and Russia Violate International Law?
By 28 January, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

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 […]

Disclosure of Lawyer/Client Communications in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov
By 22 January, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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. […]

Russian Court (Yet Again) Finds an Optional Dispute Resolution Clause Partially Void
By 23 December, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

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. […]

International Centre for Dispute Resolution at the CIS Economic Court Sets New Trends
By 19 December, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

III International Student Contest in International Commercial Arbitration Took Place in Minsk
By 10 December, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

III International Student Contest in International Commercial Arbitration Took Place in Minsk

On 29 November—1 December 2014, ICC Lex Mercatoria — the III International Students’ Contest in International Trade Law and International Commercial Arbitration hosted by the Law Faculty of the Belarusian State University — took place in Minsk. The Aims of the Competition ICC Lex Mercatoria, the annual international students contest in Belarus, every year attracts more participants, […]

Conference “Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution: Sanctions and Their Impact on Contractual Obligations”
By 2 November, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Conference “Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution: Sanctions and Their Impact on Contractual Obligations”

On 10 December 2014 in the Hotel Nikolskaya Moscow (12 Nikolskaya street) ICC Russia in partnership with the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA) is holding the annual conference “Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution: Sanctions and Their Impact on Contractual Obligations”. Nowadays sanctions have turned into a tool of political and, especially, economic pressure on certain countries, […]

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Russian Law Week to Take Place in London in December 2014
By 28 October, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Russian Law Week to Take Place in London in December 2014

The Bar Council is holding the third Russian Law Week in London from 1 to 3 December 2014. Partners of the event include the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Chamber of Advocates, the St Petersburg Chamber of Advocates, the British Russian Law Association and the Anglo-Russian Law Association. The event follows […]

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Court Affirms Non-Arbitrability of Disputes Involving Public Element
By 18 September, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Court Affirms Non-Arbitrability of Disputes Involving Public Element

The presidium of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court recently published two resolutions in cases which arguably provide guidance as to the arbitrability of disputes arising from contracts with a high concentration of public elements. While both cases concern domestic – rather than international – arbitration, they touch on the public interest implications of arbitrability, the validity of arbitration […]

SCC is Organising a Conference on CIS Dispute Resolution in Stockholm
By 8 September, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

SCC is Organising a Conference on CIS Dispute Resolution in Stockholm

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) is organising a two-day conference on International Dispute Resolution in Sweden involving parties from Russia and CIS 3-4 of November in Stockholm. The conference will have a special focus on disputes involving Russian and CIS parties and is organised by the SCC in cooperation with the Russian Arbitration Association and the […]

Seminar “Current Trends in Russian Arbitration Law” in Hamburg
By 24 August, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Seminar “Current Trends in Russian Arbitration Law” in Hamburg

Seminar “Current trends in Russian arbitration law – in light of the recent case law and the pending law reform” took place on 2 September 2014 in Hamburg (Germany). Norton Rose Fulbright hosted this event organized by the German-Russian Lawyers’ Association. Important new developments occurred this summer with regard to pending Russian legislative reform on domestic […]

Conference “Arbitration in Russia: New Solutions for Business”
By 22 August, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Conference “Arbitration in Russia: New Solutions for Business”

Russian publishing House Kommersant and Russian Arbitration Association will hold a conference on 16 October 2014 in Moscow on resolution of commercial disputes through online arbitration platforms: Arbitration in Russia New Solutions for Business. Online dispute resolution is getting increasingly popular. With the rise of the Internet, other intelligent  bits of technology, lawyers would be […]

Lee John Beck and Central Asian Development Corporation v. Kyrgyz Republic
By 19 August, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Lee John Beck and Central Asian Development Corporation v. Kyrgyz Republic

Russia Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lee John Beck and Central Asian Development Corporation v Kyrgyz Republic Award (in Russian) September 2013 Moscow Commercial Court Lee John Beck and Central Asian Development Corporation v Kyrgyz Republic Award (in Russian) June 2014 Moscow District Commercial Court John Beck and Central Asian Development Corporation v Kyrgyz […]

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Yukos Capital v. Tomskneft
By 19 August, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Yukos Capital v. Tomskneft

UK High Court Yukos Capital v Tomskneft Judgment March 2014

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Yukos Award – Is There a Chance for a Successful Challenge?
By 6 August, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Yukos Award – Is There a Chance for a Successful Challenge?

Is an appeal really possible in this case? And, if not, what other options are available for the Russian Federation? Russia’s leading newspaper Kommersant has leaked Russia’s intentions and the grounds it can use to resist the award. This article aims to find out which legal recourse can be used by the Russian Federation and whether it has […]

ICDR Y&I Seminar in Moscow: Modern Challenges of International ADR in Russia

ICDR Y&I Seminar in Moscow: Modern Challenges of International ADR in Russia

ICDR Y&I invites to its annual seminar in Moscow. This year’s Seminar “Moscow Calling: Interactive Debate with Lawyers, Scholars, and Entrepreneurs will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The Seminar is held on the occasion of the ABA’s Sixth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes, which will take place in Moscow on […]

How Russian Courts Approach Ambiguous Arbitration Clauses

How Russian Courts Approach Ambiguous Arbitration Clauses

The decision in Iceland Pelagic EHF v CJSC Atlant-Pacific rendered by an appellate court on 19 June 2014 highlighted the lack of unanimity in the approach of the Russian courts to arbitration agreements which refer the dispute either to the incorrect or unclearly-stated arbitral body. The court adopted a very formalistic approach refusing to enforce the arbitration clause on the mere […]

“Arbitration in Sweden” Released in Russian

“Arbitration in Sweden” Released in Russian

The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) have finished a year-long project and released a Russian translated version of the book “Arbitration in Sweden”. “Arbitration in Sweden”, a book covering international commercial arbitration in Sweden, has been translated into Russian by SCC legal counsel Natalia Petrik. Free […]

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Конкурс ICC Lex Mercatoria снова пройдет в Минске

Конкурс ICC Lex Mercatoria снова пройдет в Минске

Минск в третий раз станет площадкой для международного диалога по вопросам развития арбитража и международного торгового права.  Организационный комитет ICC Lex Mercatoria  объявляет об официальном старте III Международного студенческого конкурса по международному торговому праву и международному коммерческому арбитражу. ICC Lex Mercatoria – это международное соревнование студенческих команд юридической специальности по разрешению подготовленного Международным арбитражным судом ICC учебного дела, […]

Do Russian Courts have Power to Set Aside Foreign Awards?

Do Russian Courts have Power to Set Aside Foreign Awards?

The recent decision of the Federal Commercial Court for the Moscow Circuit in CJSC Energo-Holding v JSC Reverta has reopened the discussion as to the Russian court’s power to set aside foreign awards. The court suggested that a Russian court may set aside a foreign award if the tribunal applied Russian substantive law. This post begins with […]

Becoming  a Tradition: Second International Arbitration School in Ukraine

Becoming a Tradition: Second International Arbitration School in Ukraine

On 7-11 May the Ukrainian Arbitration Association (“UAA”) held the Second International Arbitration School.  It remained faithful to its main aims of building up knowledge of arbitration in particular among students and young practitioners. The School served as a forum to exchange experiences in the area and to promote Ukraine as the seat of arbitration. […]

New UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules on Transparency and Investment Arbitration in the CIS Region

New UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules on Transparency and Investment Arbitration in the CIS Region

The April UNCTAD report on recent developments in investor-state dispute settlement shows that arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules constitute 28% of the total investment disputes conducted by the end of 2013. The findings are even more important for the CIS region as many of its countries, such as the Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan […]

Замечания к законопроектам Минюста о третейских судах
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Замечания к законопроектам Минюста о третейских судах

В январе 2014 г. Минюст РФ опубликовал для общественного обсуждения проекты федеральных законов о третейских судах и международном коммерческом арбитраже в России. Пока проекты встретили скорее негативную реакцию представителей юридического сообщества и бизнеса. Статьи представляют собой развернутые соображения арбитра МКАС и МАК РФ, доцента МГИМО А.И. Муранова в отношении данных проектов Минюста, а также в отношении […]

Международная конференция Российской Арбитражной Ассоциации «Будущее арбитража в России»

Международная конференция Российской Арбитражной Ассоциации «Будущее арбитража в России»

24 апреля 2014 года состоится Международная конференция Российской Арбитражной Ассоциации (РАА) «Будущее арбитража в России». Ключевые темы: Реформа законодательства о третейских судах – улучшение качества третейского разбирательства или угроза его существованию? Взгляд со стороны: мнение ведущих арбитражных институтов и опыт иностранных государств.

Арбитраж в Узбекистане
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Арбитраж в Узбекистане

Нормативно-правовые акты Узбекистана о третейских судах Третейский суд в Узбекистане Организационно-правовые меры по развитию МКА в Узбекистане

“Pierced in Russia”: Russian Courts Pierce the Corporate Veil
By 11 February, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

“Pierced in Russia”: Russian Courts Pierce the Corporate Veil

The Russian courts have made their first steps on the path of unmasking the “evil” hidden behind the corporate form. Moreover the Russian legislator is not rushing into shaping the corporate veil more thoroughly. Hence, the Russian courts have to decide how and when the foreign legal concept of piercing the corporate veil should be […]

Деконструкция компетентностного подхода арбитража при Московской ТПП в инвестиционных спорах против Киргизии
By 7 February, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Деконструкция компетентностного подхода арбитража при Московской ТПП в инвестиционных спорах против Киргизии

Инвестиционный спор в Арбитраже Московской ТПП – А.И. Муранов

Arbitration in Sweden: Law and Practice by Roman Zykov
By 20 January, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Arbitration in Sweden: Law and Practice by Roman Zykov

This is the first book which provides for a fully comprehensive Russian-language commentary and analysis on arbitration available in Sweden. Authored by Roman Zykov, the Russian language book “Arbitration in Sweden: law and practice” was published in December 2013. Sweden is a major player in the field of arbitration when it comes to commercial and investment […]

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Conference “The New Vienna Rules – Quality Arbitration at Your Doorstep” took place in Kyiv
By 23 December, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Conference “The New Vienna Rules – Quality Arbitration at Your Doorstep” took place in Kyiv

On 13 November the Vienna International Arbitral Centre held a conference “The New Vienna Rules – Quality Arbitration at Your Doorstep” on the premises of Opera Hotel in Kyiv. The conference highlighted the provisions and main changes in the Vienna Rules 2013. The new Vienna Rules became effective on 1 July 2013. The rules give […]

Metal-Tech v Uzbekistan: No Jurisdiction Because of Corruption
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Metal-Tech v Uzbekistan: No Jurisdiction Because of Corruption

The tribunal in the recently released award in Metal-Tech Ltd. v Republic of Uzbekistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/10/3) decided not to establish its jurisdiction over an investor claim because of corruption. The dispute erupted after the termination of a raw material supply contract and cancellation of an exclusive right to export of refined molybdenum oxide. Uzbekistan won a favourable […]

Arbitration November in Kyiv
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Arbitration November in Kyiv

13 November 2013 was a day full of arbitration events for young arbitration practitioners in Kyiv, Ukraine. They included a workshop “Strategy Considerations in International Arbitration”, a conference “The New Vienna Rules – Quality Arbitration at Your Doorstep”, a programme “Building a Career in International Arbitration” and a Young Arbitrators Forum event  “’Third Parties’ in […]

II Международный юридический форум и студенческий конкурс по международному коммерческому арбитражу состоялись в Минске
By 5 December, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

II Международный юридический форум и студенческий конкурс по международному коммерческому арбитражу состоялись в Минске

  29 ноября – 2 декабря 2013 г. в Минске состоялся II Международный студенческий конкурс по международному торговому праву и международному коммерческому арбитражу ICC Lex Mercatoria. ICC Lex Mercatoria – ежегодный международный студенческий конкурс по международному торговому праву и международному коммерческому арбитражу, участниками которого являются команды, представляющие высшие учебные заведения. Конкурс, проводимый в Беларуси, привлекает все больше участников, причем не […]

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Amicable Dispute Resolution in the European Legal Tradition
By 1 November, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Amicable Dispute Resolution in the European Legal Tradition

A new book  Amicable Dispute Resolution in the European Legal Tradition by Dmitry Davydenko published in October 2013 contains an in-depth study of the history of private disputes’ amicable settlement in Europe. The book contains a comparative law study but it also looks at amicable dispute resolution (ADR) from legal anthropology and legal sociology perspectives. The book […]

Сonference: Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution: Anticipating the Changes
By 1 November, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Сonference: Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution: Anticipating the Changes

ICC Russia in co-operation with ICC International Court of Arbitration will host an annual international arbitration conference “Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution: Anticipating the Changes” on  10  December 2013 in Moscow. At present the Russian Federation is on the verge of important reforms to the local arbitration regulation and the system of arbitration courts in general. […]

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Report: RAA40 Seminar on Waiver of the Right to Set an Award Aside
By 23 October, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Report: RAA40 Seminar on Waiver of the Right to Set an Award Aside

Last Thursday RAA40 held its seminar on exclusion agreements.  Two speakers – Anne-Marie Whitesell (of Counsel at Dechert LLP and former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration) and one of RAA40’s co-chairs Olesya Petrol –addressed recent developments in the area. By entering into an exclusion agreement, which usually forms part of an arbitration clause, parties waive […]

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