Commercial Arbitration

Non-Arbitrability of Disputes Arising Out of Government Contracts in Russia

Non-Arbitrability of Disputes Arising Out of Government Contracts in Russia

As we reported earlier the Supreme Commercial Court has ruled that arbitral tribunals cannot resolve disputes arising out of government contracts. The court quashed the decisions of lower courts granting enforcement of a domestic arbitration award in a dispute between a government agency and a company. The full text of the court’s resolution has been recently published. Over sixteen […]

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 […]

By 8 July, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By 7 July, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Russian Arbitration Day 2014: Arbitration in Russia Undergoing Turbulence

Russian Arbitration Day 2014: Arbitration in Russia Undergoing Turbulence

The international conference Russian Arbitration Day took place on 29 May in Moscow.  The event focused on key issues concerning the development of international commercial arbitration on Post-Soviet territory. It was the second such conference held by the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. A number […]

Kiev Arbitration Days 2014: Think Big!

Kiev Arbitration Days 2014: Think Big!

Kiev Arbitration Days 2014: Think Big! (KAD 2014) will take place on 6-7 November 2014 in Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev, Ukraine. The conference is conducted under the auspices of the Ukrainian Bar Association. CIS Arbitration Forum is an media partner of the event. The KAD 2014 will bring together world-class dispute resolution practitioners and prominent arbitration experts to discuss problems […]

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, […]

By 23 June, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By 17 June, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Russian Court on Law Applicable to Arbitrability

Russian Court on Law Applicable to Arbitrability

This week a Russian cassation instance court suggested that foreign laws permitting certain disputes to be referred to arbitration should be respected. This should be the case even if under Russian law similar Russia-related disputes are not arbitrable. Apparently some restrictions on arbitrability have only limited effect. The case before the court concerned enforcement of an […]

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. […]

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Ukraine’s Supreme Court Confirms the Respondent’s Burden to Prove Lack of Notice

Ukraine’s Supreme Court Confirms the Respondent’s Burden to Prove Lack of Notice

In a recent decision the Supreme Court of Ukraine confirmed that the respondent may not prevent enforcement of an arbitral award simply by claiming that it had not received notice. The decision also confirms that the respondent may not circumvent the general allocation of burden of proof mandated by the New York Convention by reframing […]

Award Enforcement in Russia: Forum Conveniens Rule

Award Enforcement in Russia: Forum Conveniens Rule

A significant number of foreign assets can be found in the territory of the Russian Federation. As such, the country may become a popular venue for the enforcement of arbitral awards against foreign entities. This post looks at Russian law and practice when it comes to enforcement of arbitral awards against parties that are not incorporated in […]

Closer Scrutiny of Arbitral Awards Required If Fraud Is Alleged

Closer Scrutiny of Arbitral Awards Required If Fraud Is Alleged

Parties’ use of arbitration for improper purposes has been a topic of growing concern for the Russian business community, courts and state authorities. While an extensive overhaul of the Russian arbitration law to address these concerns is underway, courts employ available procedural mechanisms to combat abuse. This week the Presidium of the Supreme Commercial Court will […]

Ambiguous Clause Successfully ‘Cured’

Ambiguous Clause Successfully ‘Cured’

Russian courts have traditionally been cautious in dealing with ambiguous and too general arbitration clauses. Where parties agree that their disputes “shall be resolved by arbitration” without more the clause is unlikely to be enforced. However, Russia’s participation in the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration (the “European Convention”) provides a very useful instrument to […]

When It Is Not Too Late to Request Referral to Arbitration?

When It Is Not Too Late to Request Referral to Arbitration?

Under article II of the New York Convention if a state court is seized of a matter covered by an arbitration agreement it shall refer the parties to arbitration if one of the parties requests such a referral. In a recent decision the Federal Commercial Court for the North-Western Circuit provided important guidance as to the timing […]

Russian Arbitration Day 2014

Russian Arbitration Day 2014

The Russian Arbitration Day conference will take place on 29 May 2014 in the Congress hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. CIS Arbitration Forum is an information partner if the event. The conference promotes the development of international arbitration on post-Soviet territory. Both the conference format and a strict reporters’ […]

Supreme Commercial Court to Address Guerilla Tactics and Notice

Supreme Commercial Court to Address Guerilla Tactics and Notice

Earlier this year we covered a case, where the Russian courts refused to enforce an award citing lack of proper notice to the respondent. The courts agreed with the respondent that a person purporting to act on respondent’s behalf lacked the power to do so. The story was not over though as this week a […]

Survey of the CIS Legal Services Market in International Arbitration

Survey of the CIS Legal Services Market in International Arbitration

Legal Insight magazine has published a Survey of the CIS legal services market in International Arbitration prepared jointly with the Russian Arbitration Association and CIS Arbitration Forum. The authors of the survey have indicated the main trends connected with the CIS arbitration market, in particular, the rapidly growing amount of CIS-related disputes and the connection of a […]

Замечания к законопроектам Минюста о третейских судах

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 […]

By 14 March, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Top-10 International Arbitration Developments in Russia in 2013

Top-10 International Arbitration Developments in Russia in 2013

2013 was an important year for international arbitration in Russia. Numerous important court judgments were rendered by the higher courts. A large-scale and ground-breaking legislative reform is underway. Some new high profile arbitrations were commenced. We have selected and summarised the 10 most important events related to international arbitration last year. 1. Launch of legislative […]

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.

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