COVID-19 and Virtual Hearings

COVID-19 has affected our lives in many different ways. Thousands of people lost their lives, many employees lost their jobs, and it is still unclear when and how we would return to our daily routines. Social distancing and health measures have led to the closure of economies in many countries. Different business fields are affected,…

Inclusion of Emergency Arbitrations: A Step in the Right Direction?

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 (“the Act”) provides for interim reliefs from both Courts and Arbitral tribunals. However, the latter has the authority to grant these reliefs only  after its formation. Accordingly, both these procedures, under normal circumstances, have proved to be quite lengthy in nature. Thus, in order to provide urgent relief to the parties,…

Limitation Period for Enforcing Foreign Awards: Is the Confusion Settled?

On September 16, 2020, the Indian Supreme Court in Government of India v. Vedanta Ltd (‘Vedanta’) settled the ambiguity regarding the applicability of the limitation period for the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in India. In the year 2008, arbitral proceedings were initiated between Government of India (‘GOI’) and Vedanta Ltd., with Malaysia as the seat. Subsequently,…

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…