Global exposure for Stockholm Treaty Lab contestants
Through the collaboration between Stockholm Treaty Lab and the Journal of International Arbitration, all contestants at the Stockholm Treaty Lab will get the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas on a global level.
By the close of submissions in February 2018, the Stockholm Treaty Lab secretariat had received 16 eligible submissions from contestants. Each of these submissions consisted of a model treaty in support of green investments and argumentation on how it is viable, universal, efficient, enforceable and compatible with other international policies in the field of climate change – and a lot of them contain innovative and out-of-the-box ideas.
The Stockholm Treaty Lab has partnered with Journal of International Arbitration to publish a Special Issue that will showcase the innovative ideas that emerged from the contest. All Stockholm Treaty Lab contestants have been invited to contribute and this represents an opportunity for them to bring their ideas to the next level.
The contestants have been invited to contribute by reformatting the argumentation of their submissions into an academic article, focusing on its innovative aspects: How would the proposed treaty encourage foreign investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation? How would it serve the states’ needs and interests, and facilitate the achievement of climate-change mitigation and adaptation goals? The Special Issue is set to be published in February 2019.
The Stockholm Treaty Lab will announce the teams who are awarded the Prize shortly.
About the Journal of International Arbitration
Since its launch 1984, the Journal of International Arbitration has established itself as a leading forum for original thinking, penetrating analysis and lively discussion of international arbitration issues from around the globe. Each bimonthly issue contains in-depth investigations of the most important current issues in international arbitration, focusing on business, investment, and economic disputes between private and state actors. Occasionally, the Journal publishes Special Issues dedicated to a single theme.
Advocacy in International Arbitration the theme of the Swedish Arbitration Days 2018
On 6–7 September 2018 the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) will host its biennial international conference Swedish Arbitration Days. The event attracts leading international and Swedish experts, representatives and arbitrators to discuss different areas of arbitration. This year's topic is Advocacy in International Arbitration.
From the program:
- Strategy in Written Advocacy. In the first panel, written submissions are discussed from a strategic perspective and how they can influence a party's actions. Written advocacy is particularly important in international arbitration.
- Best practices in Written Advocacy. This panel will discuss three important written submissions, each of them offering an opportunity to win over the tribunal: the statement of claim/defense, the skeleton arguments, and the post-hearing brief.
- The Client's Witnesses. Examples of questions that will be discussed are: Can anyone be called as a witness? Are there any restrictions on who you are allowed to approach as a potential witness? How do you prepare your witness for the hearing as a whole and specifically for cross-examination?
- The Opposing Party's Witnesses. Cross-examining hostile witnesses is considered by some to be an art in itself. How should counsel prepare for the cross-examination? Do you contact the opposing party’s witness in advance, and are you even allowed to do so? In this context, there may be major differences between civil law and common law jurisdictions.
- Use of Rhetoric in Hearings. Discussion on the role of rhetoric in arbitration. Can rhetoric have a direct and decisive significance for the outcome of arbitration and if so, how can it be used to achieve the best possible results?
- Using Your Airtime Wisely at Hearings: What to focus on and what to leave out. The panel will discuss how to focus the tribunal’s attention in opening and closing statements on what really matters for the determination of the dispute. How is time spent efficiently, and what should you not say and do? The panel will also discusses the importance of adapting the various parts of the hearing to the expectations of the tribunal.
New on Swedish Arbitration Portal: Svea Court of Appeal partially annulled an award
In a decision recently published on the Swedish Arbitration Portal, the Svea Court of Appeal partially annulled an award. The claims for annulment were based on three grounds. The Court found for the challenging party on two of those grounds, and dismissed the challenge on the third ground.
The party challenged the award, claiming (1) that there was not a valid arbitration agreement to cover all of the award, (2) the tribunal made a number of procedural errors that affected the outcome of the case and (3) the party was not provided with an opportunity to present its case. The Court of Appeal partially annulled the award finding that a procedural error that affected the outcome was made and that part of the award was not covered by a valid arbitration agreement. The Court rejected the final ground stating that the tribunal did not fail in its management of the case and did not deprive the party of presenting its case through its management of the proceedings.