Ask An Expert: Julian Copeman

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Julian Copeman, Managing Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Greater China offices, discusses dispute resolutions trends, data and the increasing role of technology in resolving disputes.

 

 

 

 

What do you hope the GPC will achieve?

The intention for Hong Kong GPC was to bring together stakeholders from across the disputes market to discuss the issues that face parties at the front line of disputes in Hong Kong, and indeed over 200 people attended on the day. We gained rich and valuable data and from that, we are hoping, will reach some real and tangible recommendations for change.  Continue reading

Can We Still Be Friends? London As A Global Seat Of Arbitration Post-Brexit

broken Wedding Rings symbolize the BrexitMichael McIlwrath, Global Chief Litigation Counsel for GE Oil & Gas opened his recent article An Unamicable Separation: Brexit Consequences for London as a Premier Seat of International Dispute Resolution in Europe with the following quote, attributed to the most prolific of all authors, ‘unknown’:

“I try not to think of divorce as failing at marriage but rather winning at bitterness and resentment.” Continue reading

A Brief Look At The Empirical Findings On International Arbitration: A Summary

ilsnkt1imxe-mari-helin-tuominen.jpgThe original article Empirical Findings on International Arbitration: An Overview by Christopher R. Drahozal from the University of Kansas, discusses newly (and not so new) available international arbitration data generated through arbitration institutions, scholarly research, or commentator analysis Continue reading

An Introduction To Construction Disputes

constructionMany factors contribute to construction disputes, especially if the property is based abroad. Most projects take a long time to complete, leading to uncertainties and delays that can result in disagreements. The following factors typically create international construction disputes. Continue reading

The mediation process: when and why it is used

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Mediation can be successfully deployed at any point in the timeline of a dispute – either before proceedings are issued, afterwards, up to, and even during trial. It is, after all, a facilitated negotiation and represents an opportunity to settle early, reducing stress, acrimony and legal costs.

Defining mediation is arguably a futile task: in the same way we accept that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, mediation is whatever users can imagine and can agree it to be. Thus, there are many different approaches, which vary widely according to users’ needs and the demands and timing of the case. Continue reading

Ask An Expert: Eric Chang

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Eric Z. Chang, Founder and Principal of LA-based Chang Law, speaks about key topics in international arbitration and the future of dispute resolution.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As counsel, I am a provider of dispute resolution. Although I act primarily in a counsel role, as with many practitioners in the international arbitration community, I also accept appointments as arbitrator.

My particular focus is on commercial international arbitration, and investor-state arbitration. I specialised in international arbitration because it is the pre-eminent dispute resolution mechanism in international transactions and international investment. International arbitration borrows from both civil law and common law concepts and practices, and clients from different legal systems also have different concepts of how dispute resolutions should be resolved.

I decided early on to focus my career from an international angle, and I hold law degrees from the United States and France, and have qualified in both legal systems (California, New York, Paris). My background thus lends itself to an international practice and, specifically, the hybrid nature of international arbitration. Continue reading

The Mexico City Global Pound Conference

Scenic view at Basilica of Guadalupe with Mexico city skylineThe Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17 is taking place in different locations all around the world over the next year, with the aim of facilitating the development of 21st century dispute resolution tools and finding answers to different questions in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The GPC Series, which officially launched in Singapore on 17-18 March, 2016, is set to hold the last scheduled event in London in July 2017. Over 25 countries worldwide have already committed to holding a GPC event with a total of 42 events and that number may still go up.

Since the Singapore launch earlier in the year, a second event took place in Lagos on 30 June and a third in Mexico City on 25 August at the Iberoamericana University – the fourth event took place in New York City yesterday. The Mexico City event was not without its challenges being the first one made on the American continent, the first one in Spanish and the first one within a civil law judicial system. Apart from the fact that it was one of the first of its kind, meaning there was a lack of experience and feedback, this was not the only significant aspect – because if you know Mexico, you know that we love the intense emotions. Continue reading