SPC’s New Judicial Interpretations Strengthens Protection of Domestic Arbitral Awards
Global Arbitration News – 8 February
The Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Certain Issues Related to the Conduct of Judicial Review of Arbitral Cases and the Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Certain Issues Related to the Reporting System of Arbitral Cases, known as the ‘New SPC Interpretations’, have been issued by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC). These interpretations aim to strengthen the use of arbitration in China.
CAS overturns doping bans on 28 Russian athletes
Reuters – 1 February
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned doping bans imposed by the International Olympic Committee for 28 Russian athletes. The CAS claimed there was insufficient evidence to warrant imposing a ban. Eleven other athletes have also had their lifetime bans reduced by the CAS.
Arbitration: Its growth, practical uses and limitations in an employment law context
Herbert Smith Freehills – 1 February
The UK Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has published a report on Arbitration and Employment Disputes, that has revealed a growing desire to use arbitration as a method for resolving employment issues. As a result of the report, the ELA in planning on including arbitration sessions in its training programme.
ICAS, the governing body of CAS, appoints additional arbitrators and mediators
Law in Sport – 26 January
Law in Sport has announced that 27 new arbitrators and 2 new mediators have been appointed by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS). The ICAS is the governing body of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The full list is provided in the article.
English court considers when it is appropriate to grant injunctive relief in aid of a foreign seated arbitration
Global Arbitration News – 17 January
Global Arbitration News considers the case of Company 1 v. Company 2 and another  EWHC 2319 (QB). In particular, how the ‘English court confirmed its jurisdiction to make orders, including granting interim injunctions, in support of foreign seated arbitrations’. However, as the article discusses, the issue is a complex one and the court will not always choose to exercise these powers.
LCIA Updates Guidelines on Tribunal Secretaries
Global Arbitration News – 15 January
The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has updated its Notes for Arbitrators, following a debate ‘regarding the proper scope of the role of a tribunal secretary’. These updated guidelines focus on ‘greater transparency’ over the tasks performed by tribunal secretaries. Global Arbitration News discusses the role of tribunal secretaries and the previous lack of clarity on the scope of their role.
Amendments to the Singapore International Commercial Court regime to strengthen Singapore as an international arbitration seat of choice
Herbert Smith Freehills – 11 January
The Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) regime has been amended to clarify that the SICC ‘has jurisdiction to hear proceedings relating to international commercial arbitration’. Herbert Smith Freehills detail the specifics of the amendments which are supposed to increase the popularity and usage of the SICC.