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Meet the authors who contribute to the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration.

Covering arbitral law and practice in over 75 countries, the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration is an essential tool for anyone practising in international arbitration across multiple jurisdictions. The ICCA Handbook contains authoritative country reports prepared by leading arbitrators, academics and practitioners on national arbitral practice, as well as the relevant national legislation.

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ICCA Handbook country report for Spain

"Spain has enjoyed modern arbitral legislation for over a decade now, which since 2012 has been complemented by new legislation in related spheres such as mediation, international legal co-operation and sovereign immunity. There has also been considerable arbitration-related case law in recent years, most importantly and sometimes controversially in relation to the grounds for the annulment of arbitral awards and the content of public policy."

- David J.A. Cairns, Partner and Bernardo Cremades, Senior Partner, B. Cremades y Asociados Madrid (June 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Vietnam

"As a fast growing economy in the Asia Pacific region, with a number of recent legislative changes, Vietnamese arbitration has largely caught up the deficit and it now has much in common with the more familiar arbitration jurisdictions around the world.  Foreign and domestic parties can certainly now give serious consideration to incorporating Vietnamese arbitration clauses in their contracts."

- Hew R Dundas, Chartered Arbitrator, DipICArb CEDR-Accredited Mediator, International Arbitrator, Mediator & Expert Determiner and Dzung Manh Nguyen, MCIAr, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator (June 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Australia

“International arbitration in Australia is governed by the International Arbitration Act 1974 (as amended), which gives the UNCITRAL Model Law the force of law in Australia. As Australia is a common law jurisdiction, case law is essential to understanding the arbitration landscape and all the key cases are discussed in this 2018 version of the Report.”

- Michael Pryles, Founder President Singapore, International Arbitration Centre, Australia (June 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Luxembourg

"As a major European centre for legal services, host to the ECJ, Luxembourg has a pragmatic and open approach to arbitration, bringing together experts from different legal and cultural backgrounds."

- Guy Harles, Founding Partner, Arendt & Medernach (March 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Lithuania

Since joining the EU in 2004, Lithuania has made enormous progress in many areas, with its efforts toward gaining energy independence being perhaps the most apparent evidence. These developments, combined with earlier privatization procedures and an increasing number of investments and international commercial transactions with both Eastern and Western parties, have resulted in an increase in investment and complex international arbitration disputes, especially in the field of energy. Lithuania is striving to boost its economy further and is listed by the World Bank as No 16 out of 190 countries in the world for ease of doing business. Thus, taking into account investors’ intentions to resolve their disputes in a neutral forum, the trend is expected to continue.

- Vilija Vaitkute Pavan, Partner and Giedre Aukstuoliene, Associate Partner, Ellex Valiunas (March 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Peru

"In 1996, Peru approved its first modern Arbitration Law, which was replaced by an UNCITRAL Model Law-based regime in September 2008. In the two decades since, the practice of arbitration has been consolidated in Peru. Today, most contracts between private parties and all contracts that the Peruvian State enters into with private parties are submitted to arbitration. It is thus not surprising that the Arbitration Center of the Lima Chamber of Commerce, Peru’s main arbitral institution, has reported handling 4,000 cases from 1996 to 2017, in a value exceeding 4,600 million dollars."

- Fernando Cantuarias Salaverry, Dean, Law School, Universidad del Pacifico (March 2018)

ICCA Handbook Country Report for Greece

"International arbitration in Greece has been growing rapidly over the past few years, while the Greek arbitration market is becoming familiar with investment arbitration as well, including ICSID proceedings. It is my wish that international and domestic arbitration fall under the same legislative umbrella in the near future, forming a consolidated system."

- Ioannis Vassardanis, Managing Partner, Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners (March 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Poland

"In Poland, like in many other jurisdictions, arbitration is presently subject to a process of re-evaluation of basic presumptions concerning its axiology and practical usefulness. At the same time, the legislation continues (or, at least, continued until recently) the process of liberalization of the arbitration law. The reform which entered into force on 1 January 2016 provides, in particular, for a limitation of appeal against state court decisions on the recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award, or on its setting aside, to one instance only; such cases shall be heard in the first instance by the appellate courts. This will make possible a considerable reduction of the duration of post-arbitration proceedings in Poland."

- Andrzej Wisniewski, Of counsel and Legal Advisor, Markiewicz and Partners (March 2018)

ICCA Handbook country report for Serbia

 “Last September the Serbian Chamber of Commerce celebrated the seventieth birthday of its arbitral institution, which was recently renamed “Permanent Arbitration” (previously Foreign Trade Arbitration). For five years, its competitor on the dispute resolution market in Serbia has been the Belgrade Arbitration Center, founded by prominent members of the Serbian arbitration community. Both institutions also offer mediation services.”

- Maja Stanivuković, Professor of Law, Novi Sad University and President, Belgrade Arbitration Centre (December 2017)

ICCA Handbook country report for Ireland

“In a recent decision of the Irish High Court, U.Dori Construction v Greaney [2017] IEHC 444, the court declined the application of one party to court proceedings in Israel that one of the opposing party's witnesses be cross examined in Ireland in circumstances where the witness was due to give evidence on similar matters before an $80m ICC arbitration in London. The court referred to the significant procedural advantage that would be conferred on the applicant in the arbitration by having a "dry run" at the cross-examination of the witness, which the court clearly considered had the potential for creating an unfairness in the arbitration.”

- Michael M. Collins, Senior Counsel at the Irish Bar and Monckton Chambers and Gearóid Carey, Senior Associate, Matheson Solicitors (October 2017)