International: Open for business? International Arbitration in the COVID-19 era and beyond

In brief

Baker McKenzie international arbitration practitioners address the key concepts that must be considered in relation to COVID-19.


As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world, various businesses and major economies are facing unprecedented obstacles, which often require resolution via litigation or arbitration. Courts around the country are essentially shut down. Given travel limitations and other restrictions that now preclude physical "face-to-face" meetings, is arbitration similarly affected? Can disputes in arbitration be resolved fairly and expeditiously in the world we now live in, and if so, what new protocols, strategies and technologies are available? Simply put, there are a host of issues to be considered in driving case administration, and ultimately disposition of your case.

Seasoned Baker McKenzie international arbitration practitioners address the key concepts that must be considered in that regard, including the following:

  • Are the major arbitral institutions now "open for business," and what new protocols apply?
  • What are the key features regarding case administration in the COVID-19 era?
  • Are virtual hearings a panacea, and are they really feasible?
  • Are there issues regarding enforcement of awards obtained via virtual, or remote hearings and decision making?
  • What does the foreseeable future hold with respect to the dynamic inherent in handling a complex arbitration dispute?

These and other issues implicit in the new arbitration dynamic will be covered in this timely and important program. 

This complimentary one hour program will qualify for CLE.

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