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In brief

Welcome to this issue of the Global DR Legal Update, our quarterly newsletter which aims to bring together the most important global developments in litigation and arbitration.

If you have any questions, or if we can assist further, please get in touch with Benjamin Roe or Steven Adams.

Asia Pacific

  • Australia: Landmark settlement of climate change-related litigation against superannuation fund
  • China:  PRC and Hong Kong sign supplemental arrangement on mutual enforcement of arbitral awards
  • Japan, Singapore: Joint mediation service launched to focus on resolving disputes with Japanese companies
  • Singapore accedes to the Apostille Convention
  • Vietnam: New Mediation Law takes effect


  • Austria: Supreme Court confirms tribunal’s decision to hold virtual hearing despite party’s objection
  • Germany: New English-speaking commercial court opened
  • Sierra Leone joins New York Convention
  • United Kingdom: Brexit agreement fails to include mutual enforcement of court judgments
  • United Kingdom: Supreme Court judgment confirms approach to certification in UK class actions regime

The Americas

  • Brazil: Re-examination of pre-arbitral court injunction by arbitral tribunal permitted by STJ
  • Mexico: PCA and Mexico sign framework cooperation agreement
  • United States: California votes to revise and expand California Consumer Privacy Act
  • United States: Supreme Court petitioned to rule on scope of discovery and resolve major District Court split
  • United States: Sovereign immunity under FSIA waived by agreement to arbitrate in New York Convention state


  • IBA evidence rules set for revision
  • New ICC Rules come into effect
  • International commercial courts update memorandum on enforcement of money judgments
  • UNCTAD release International Investment Agreements reform accelerator
  • UNCITRAL Working Group III issues report on 39th session

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