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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 Ben Roe or Steve Adams.


  1. Asia Pacific 
  2. EMEA 
  3. The Americas 
  4. Global 

Asia Pacific 

  • China: Significant reforms of arbitration legislation proposed
  • China: Hong Kong and Mainland China enhance law on mutual enforcement of arbitral awards
  • Hong Kong: Non-compliance with pre-condition to arbitration is a question of admissibility, not jurisdiction
  • India: Emergency arbitration awards enforceable in India
  • Singapore: Third-party funding extended to additional categories of legal proceedings


  • Benin/Iraq: Two nations ratify Mauritius Convention on transparency in investor-state arbitration
  • European Union: Intra-EU disputes cannot be arbitrated under ECT
  • Russia: ICC and SIAC licensed as permanent arbitration institutions
  • United Kingdom: Supreme Court rules on proper procedure for service of enforcement proceedings on sovereign state
  • United Kingdom: First opt-out class action approved by UK tribunal in Merricks judgment

The Americas 

  • Brazil: Brazilian Superior Court confirms limitation period for seeking annulment of arbitral awards
  • Canada: BC Court enforces foreign judgment relating to land in Canadian legal first
  • Ecuador: Ecuador rejoins ICSID Convention despite opposition from legislature
  • Honduras: Honduras ratifies Singapore Mediation Convention
  • United States: Supreme Court limits consumer lawsuits with ruling on Article III standing


  • Trends in updates to arbitral rules
  • Updates from UNCITRAL Working Group III
  • UNCITRAL publishes expedited arbitration rules
  • ICCA launches guidelines on standards of practice in international arbitration
  • ICSID releases papers on mediation in investment disputes

Read the full publication here


Steve Adams is a Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie Belfast office.


Benjamin Roe is a Lead Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie, London office.

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