Arbitral Institutions Join Together to Assist Proceedings Affected by COVID-19

How will my arbitration be affected by COVID-19?

In a recent joint statement, arbitral institutions serving all around the world have come together to help answer questions about arbitral proceedings affected by COVID-19. With the implementation of social distancing and suggested bans on group gatherings, arbitration hearings have not been able to proceed as usual. However, these arbitral institutions are working to help create more stability in the midst of the unknown.

First, the institutions reminded parties and tribunals affected by COVID-19 to discuss the potential impacts and how they would like to address them. The cooperation and collaboration of the parties is […]

Arbitral Institutions Join Together to Assist Proceedings Affected by COVID-19 2020-04-18T16:07:03+00:00

California Supreme Court Rules Hague Service Convention May Be Waived, Upholding Party Autonomy in International Arbitration

On 2 April 2020, the California Supreme Court held that parties can waive the Hague Service Convention in their arbitration provisions when they agree on a specified manner of service. The decision in Rockefeller Technology Investments (Asia) VII v. Changzhou Sinotype Technology Co. has long been awaited because of its potential impact on international arbitrations.

In this opinion, the Supreme Court of California reversed an appellate decision which had upheld application of the Hague Service Convention, despite an arbitration clause specifying the manner of service. The reversal is seen as a victory for arbitration advocates, including the California International Arbitration Council (

California Supreme Court Rules Hague Service Convention May Be Waived, Upholding Party Autonomy in International Arbitration
2020-04-15T14:26:05+00:00