India-Brazil BIT: A Step in the Right Direction

On January 26, 2020, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest during India’s 71st Republic Day Parade. Later that week a strategic partnership was formed between the countries as India signed a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with Brazil to further develop relations between the two states on both a cultural and commercial level. Recently,…

New Decade, New Demographic? Increasing Diversity in International Arbitration

Middle Eastern and African countries are no strangers to arbitration. The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) published in its 2020 Caseload Statistics showing that the Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa together account for 26% of all cases. In its 2017 Special Focus on Africa Report, ICSID reported that 22% of…

The Impact of COVID-19 on Arbitration

COVID-19 has already impacted almost every industry. Many in-person communications are moving online via teleconferencing and videos. The economic markets in nearly every country are being enormously affected, supply chains have been halted, and many employees can no longer go to work to manufacture products. These major changes to the world economy will no doubt…

The Potential Tribulations of the China International Commercial Court (CICC)

In 2013, China’s President, Xi Jinping, announced the “New Silk Road,” which would be the largest infrastructure development from East Asia to Europe. It was later coined as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Belt and Road would consist of not only physical infrastructure but also fifty special economic zones. To date, roughly 60…

The Role of Arbitration in the US-China Trade War

Arbitration plays a background role in the US-China trade talks, but is it being used to its highest potential? The US-China trade war is the broad name given to a series of ongoing negotiations over mutual access to consumer markets and the onus of the trade deficit between The United States and China. After a…