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Abyei Arbitration (2008/2009)


Всем, кто интересуется вопросами арбитража (в данном случае, inter-state); legal writting; arbitration advocacy, рекомендую – Abyei Arbitration, кейс между правительством Судана и Освободительной армией Судана (2008/2009), рассмотренный при содействии Постоянного Третейского Cуда в Гааге (the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)).

1) Это одно из дел, в котором все основные процессуальные документы опубликованы. За рамками остались только 20,000 стр. свидетельских объяснений. Соответственно, есть возможность «пробежаться» по документам, посмотреть стиль оформления и т.д. Далек от мысли, что отечественные судьи обратят внимание на решение, а жаль.

Из-за небывалого интереса к делу, весь процесс транслировался в Сети, и на сегодняшний день архив трансляций сохранен на сайте PCA. Таким образом, есть возможность посмотреть со стороны на процесс и усовершенствовать свои навыки английского. А смотреть, действительно, есть на кого.

2) Обе стороны были представлены юридическими представителями мирового уровня. Юридическим представителем Судана был профессор Джеймс Крофурд (Professor James Crawford QC), на стороне Освободительной армии выступал Гари Борн (Gary Born) и его команда. Количество юристов, привлеченных на стороне Освободительной армии составляло 27 (!) человек. При этом, команда Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP действовала pro bono.

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Russian proposals on domestic arbitration


On 7 May 2015 the Russian Government proposed a draft new law, the law on domestic arbitration in Russian Federation (the draft law), to the State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature)). Domestic Arbitration is defined as an arbitration relating to a dispute arising out of legal relationship whether contractual or not, where none of the parties is: Continue reading →


The Swedish and Russian approach to public policy: One case, two opinions


The public policy exception to the enforcement of arbitral awards has traditionally been applied very narrowly, for example, where a failure to vacate the award would violate the due process rights of the participants. However a recent case illustrates the contrasting approaches of the Swedish and Russian courts in this regard. In a recently published article I discuss both the Swedish and Russian court rulings and consider the implications for both freedom of contract and arbitration as a method of dispute resolution in each jurisdiction.
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2015 International Arbitration Survey: Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration


RUS. The School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London проводит очередное исследование в области международного арбитража – ‘Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration’. Желающим принять участие в нем – http://www.arbitration.qmul.ac.uk/research/2015/index.html  Исследование завершится 8 мая 2015 года, результаты будут опубликованы в октябре текущего года.

ENG. The School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London takes the 2015 survey on ‘Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration’. If one wishes to take part on the survey – http://www.arbitration.qmul.ac.uk/research/2015/index.html The closing date for responses is 8 May 2015. Results will be published in October 2015.


Гонконг как место разрешения международных споров


30 января в Федеральной Палате адвокатов РФ состоялся семинар «Инструменты для управления арбитражными процессами. Инновации и преимущества Регламента 2013 HKIAC». Старшие юристы АБ КИАП Ирина Суспицына и Михаил Самойлов посетили мероприятие.

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Разрешение споров в России. Обзор последних конференций


Во второй половине 2014 г. состоялось несколько мероприятий, на которых обсуждались вопросы международного коммерческого арбитража. Это две ежегодные конференции «Разрешение международных коммерческих споров: страны СНГ» (Москва, 19 сентября) и «Россия как место разрешения споров» (Москва, 10 декабря), а также две дискуссионные площадки Sochi Legal (Сочи, 20 сентября) и «Арбитраж в России: новые решения для бизнеса» (Москва, 16 октября). Журнал Legal Insight публикует мой обзор этих конференций.


A step in the right direction – Russia’s proposed regulation of bribery in arbitration


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Corruption has been a feature of human existence for thousands of years; it is considered <<an insidious plague>> (Kofi A. Annan), which has a destructive impact on both states and societies. Unfortunately, both international commercial arbitration and Russian domestic arbitration can be tainted by corruption.

On 2 June 2014, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation announced draft amendments to the Criminal Code of Russia, which are designed to combat bribery of domestic arbitrators. Mikhail Samoylov, Senior Associate at KIAP Attorneys at Law and Lexis®PSL Arbitration contributor, discusses this latest development.

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Impartiality and independence of party-affiliated arbitral institutions in Russia


It is accepted that the impartiality and independence of arbitrators are cornerstones of arbitration. Pursuant to art 12(1) of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (the Model Law), any arbitrator may be challenged if there are circumstances that give rise to justifiable doubts as to the arbitrator’s impartiality or independence.

Many jurisdictions, including Russia, have adopted provisions based on art 12(1) in their domestic arbitration law. Unfortunately, the Model Law and Russian law are silent on the independence of arbitral institutions in general and, as a result, many Russian domestic disputes are resolved by arbitral institutions affiliated with only one of the parties to the dispute, which tends to be party with the greatest commercial power.

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Enforcement of award at risk if punitive damages disproportionate


In April 2013, the Supreme Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of Russia ruled that any punitive damages claimed for breach of contract must be proportionate to the value of the contract (or part thereof) or else an application for enforcement of an arbitral award ordering the payment of such punitive damages will be rejected. Mikhail Samoylov, Senior Associate at KIAP Attorneys at Law, discusses the court’s ruling and considers whether the Russian courts may take a similar approach to the enforcement of international arbitration awards.

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By the question of the equality of arms in the case about issuing of a writ of execution for the enforcement of an arbitral award


Between «OilField Service» and «Sibpromkomplekt» there was a contract for service.

According to the clause of the contract the parties agreed to brings any disputes arising out of the contract to the arbitration court of the Society for the Protection of Consumer Rights of St. Petersburg. Also the parties agreed that the arbitral award shall be final.

«Sibpromkomplekt» breached the contract and «OilField Service» filed a lawsuit in the arbitration. The arbitration ordered «Sibpromkomplekt» to pay its debt about RUB 2.6 millions to «OilField Service».

The arbitral award was not executed voluntarily and «OilField Service» brought the case about issuing of a writ of execution for the enforcement of the arbitral award to the Arbitrazh Court of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra.

«Sibpromkomplekt» objected to issuing a writ of execution for the enforcement of the arbitral award. According to the statement of «Sibpromkomplekt», «Sibpromkomplekt» was prevented from nominating an arbitrator, participating in the conduct of the arbitration and also could not represent the statement. By the opinion of «Sibpromkomplekt» the arbitration breached the principle of equality of arms.

As the evidence of its position, «Sibpromkomplekt» handed a motion to request the materials of the case from the arbitration. According to article 238 of the Commercial Procedure Code of the Russian Federation, when preparing a case for judicial proceedings, the judge may, under the motion of persons participating in the case, request the materials of the case, in which the issuance of a writ of execution is claimed.

The judge of the Arbitrazh Court of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra sustained the motion. However the Chairman of the arbitration denied the request. He [the Chairman of the arbitration] presented a copy of the postal receipt as evidence that the materials of the arbitration case was sent to «Sibpromkomplekt» earlier.

The Arbitrazh Court of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra (ruling dated 15.12.2011) and the Federal Arbitrazh Court of West Seberian Region (resolution dated 28.02.2012) sustained the requirements – issue a writ of execution for the enforcement of the arbitral award.

But the decision was revised by the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation (the resolution № 7565/12 dated 6.11.2012, published 25.01.2013).

The Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation revoked ruling dated 15.12.2011 and resolution dated 28.02.2012 and refused in issuing a writ of execution for the enforcement of the arbitral award.

The position of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation is if the arbitration denies the request for the materials of the case, then the Arbitrazh Court refuse in issue a writ of execution for the enforcement of the arbitral award because the party which motions a request for materials of the case [in the case about issuing of a writ of execution for the enforcement of an arbitral award] if the arbitration denies the request, deprives of the opportunity to present evidence and the other party gets procedural advantage thereby breach the principle of equality of arms.