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Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Implements Mediation and Conciliation Center

(Feb. 25, 2021) The recently created mediation and conciliation center of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) will hear its first dispute involving the exclusive use of the iPhone brand in Brazil. The center, which was created on August 6, 2020, through STF Resolution No. 697 (Resolução STF No. 697, de 6 […]

Italy: Supreme Court Rules on Relevance of Public Policy in Arbitration

(Feb. 19, 2021) On January 18, 2021, the Italian Supreme Court issued Decision No. 1788 concerning the grounds for invalidating a domestic arbitral award based on public policy considerations. Background of the Case A petitioner requested the Italian Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the Appellate Court of Ancona, which had rejected his petition […]

Italy: Supreme Court of Cassation Reviews Case on Time Limits to Challenge Arbitral Awards

(Dec. 15, 2020) On September 24, 2020, a panel of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) asked that a case involving the time limit for requesting nullification of an arbitral award be elevated to the SCC’s highest level (the Court’s United Sections) due to the complexity and importance of the issue. (Decision No. 20104 […]

Russian Federation: Newly Adopted Amendments to Insolvency Law Allow Some Citizens to Go Through Bankruptcy but Avoid Court Proceedings

(Nov. 25, 2020) On September 1, 2020, Federal Law No. 289-FZ on Amendments to the Federal Law on Bankruptcy entered into force. This law, which was signed by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on July 31, 2020, allows some categories of Russian citizens to declare bankruptcy while avoiding court proceedings and without paying […]

United Nations: UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation Enters into Force

(Oct. 13, 2020) Last month the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the Singapore Convention on Mediation) entered into force. The Singapore Convention on Mediation was adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 2018, but came into force in September 2020, six months after six countries […]

International: World Intellectual Property Organization Announces 2019 as “Best” Year for Intellectual Property Services, Treaties, and Finances

(Apr. 15, 2020) Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its 2019 statistics, recording 2019 as its best year for intellectual property (IP) services, treaties, and finances since WIPO’s creation in 1967. It also announced that in 2019, China surpassed the United States as the top filer of international patents—the first time any […]

Bahrain: Royal Decree Enacted Regarding Mediation for Dispute Settlement

(Mar. 6, 2020) On October 13, 2019, the King of Bahrain issued Royal Decree 22/2019, regarding mediation for dispute settlement. The Royal Decree, consisting of 20 articles, is the first legal instrument in Bahrain that provides the definition of “mediation” and regulates the requirements that mediators must meet and their responsibilities. Also, for the first […]

International: International Court of Arbitration Registers Record Number of New Cases in 2019

(Jan. 23, 2020) The International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) registered a record number of 869 new cases in 2019. Of the new cases, 851 were registered under the ICC Rules of Arbitration and 18 were registered under the ICC Appointing Authority Rules last year. The ICC Court […]

International: World Bank Inspection Panel Registers Eight Requests for Inspection Regarding Odra-Vistula Flood Management Project

(Oct. 21, 2019) In September 2019, the World Bank Inspection Panel registered eight requests for inspection, all related to the Odra-Vistula Flood Management project in Poland. The requesters, representatives of various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Germany and Poland, allege that the World Bank project harms biodiversity and increases flood risks, among other allegations. In addition, […]

International: World Trade Organization Authorizes United States Countermeasures Against the European Union

(Oct. 8, 2019) On October 2, 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized the United States to apply countermeasures of nearly $7.5 billion annually against the European Union (EU) in a long-running dispute regarding subsidies given by the EU to the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Airbus and the United States manufacturer Boeing dominate the worldwide commercial […]