Arbitration for Peace sneak peek: Kofi Annan and Jade R. Harry
The recently published book Arbitrating for Peace is an overview of historical landmark arbitration cases, authored by some the world's most eminent arbitration scholars and professionals. The SCC can now provide a sneak preview of the foreword by Kofi Annan, as well as of the chapter about the Brčko Arbitration, written by R. Jade Harry.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006, Kofi Annan, writes in the foreword:
"The international community has used arbitration, mediation and other methods of peaceful dispute resolution for centuries. Over this time, nations have constructively worked together to develop a common international system which today allow states to settle most of their disputes peacefully. This is a huge achievement in human history."
In December 2014, SCC launched a competition where law students and young practitioners were invited to submit papers to be included as a chapter in the book. Ms. Jade R. Harry’s paper on the Brčko Arbitration was ultimately chosen for publication.
After the publication of the SCC 2017 Rules: what are the key changes?
The new 2017 SCC Rules – entering into force 1 January 2017 - were published 18 November 2016. The new rules introduces a number of noteworthy revisions and innovations. As a service to the users of the rules, the SCC has compiled a summary with some of the key changes.
The SCC continues to innovate in international arbitration by introducing a number of changes to its Arbitration Rules and Rules for Expedited Arbitrations. The document aims to give a broad view over what are the most significant changes in the rules.
On 29 and 30 November, the SCC, together with Mannheimer Swartling and Grata international, held two seminars in Astana and Almaty to commemorate a quarter of a century of efficient and peaceful dispute resolution.
This year, Kazakhstan celebrates 25 years of independence. Over the years, a large number of commercial and investment disputes related to Kazakhstan have been resolved through arbitration in Stockholm.
The diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Sweden was established on 7 April 1992, around six months after Kazakhstan gained independence on 16 December 1991. Since 2001, Kazakh parties have brought 28 disputes to the SCC for resolution, of which 23 were filed after 2005. These disputes have concerned a wide range of industry sectors with a particular focus on energy and natural resources disputes (including oil & gas and mining), and also fostered close ties between the arbitration communities in Sweden and Kazakhstan.
The seminars on 29 and 30 November included presentations on innovative features of the SCC’s proposed new arbitration rules, interactive case studies involving mock SCC arbitration clause negotiations and mock SCC arbitral proceedings, as well as discussions regarding new developments in Kazakh arbitration law.
His Excellency Christian Kamill, the Ambassador of Sweden to Kazakhstan
Annette Magnusson, Secretary General of the SCC
Jakob Ragnwaldh, Vice Chair of the Board of the SCC and partner at Mannheimer Swartling
Fredrik Ringquist, partner at Mannheimer Swartling
Askar Kaldybayev, Executive Director of Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic Kazakhstan
Aigoul Kenjebayeva, Chair of the Board of the Kazakh Bar Association
Bakhyt Tukulov, partner at GRATA International, and
Roman Zykov, Secretary General of the Russian Arbitration Association.