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…

An Overview of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

The European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), a bilaterally beneficial trade agreement, was finally implemented on November 20, 2019, after ten years of negotiations. Talks began in 2009, with the Good and Services negotiations and investment protection negotiations ending in 2012 and 2014, respectively. EUSFTA was signed in October 2018, and approved by the European…

Arbitration in the United Kingdom after Brexit: For Better or For Worse?

The United Kingdom has been working to officially remove itself from the European Union since 2017, in an ongoing political effort commonly known as “Brexit.” This separation arises from several goals, including granting the United Kingdom the ability to act more freely in its legal system and overall lawmaking. What impact will this have on…