Can Blockchain Arbitration become a proper ‘International Arbitration’? Jurors vs. arbitrators

Written by Pedro Lacasa, Legal Consultant, Universidad Nacional de Asunción

There is no doubt that the use of emerging technologies has impacted the international arbitration arena. This tech revolution was unprecedently accelerated by the 2020 pandemic whilst national States’ borders were closed, and travel activity diminished (if not directly forbidden by some States).

The increase of the application of the Blockchain technology in commercial contracts and the proliferation of smart contracts (even though some think they are in essence merely a piece of software code[1]) have reached the point of being a relevant part of international commerce and suddenly they demand more attention than before (see the overview of these new technologies and its impact in arbitration here

The omnipresence of technology in arbitration and the application of the blockchain technology to dispute resolution mechanisms in the international arena led to the naissance of the ‘blockchain arbitration’.

Conference Report: EAPIL YRN Conference on National Rules on Jurisdiction and the Possible Extension of the Brussels Ia Regulation

The following conference report has been provided by Benjamin Saunier, Research Assistant at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and Doctoral Candidate at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

The EAPIL Young Research Network held a conference on the topic Jurisdiction over non-EU defendants – Should the Brussels Ia Regulation be extended? on Saturday 14 and Sunday morning 15 May. The conference took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the International University Centre operated by the University of Zagreb, which had co-funded the event together with the EU Commission. It gathered specialists from all over the world, including the non-EU Member States.

The conference was part of an ongoing research project directed by Drs Tobias Lutzi (Cologne/Augsburg), Ennio Piovesani (Torino) and Dora Zgrabljic Rotar (Zagreb). As explained by the organisers at the outset of the conference, the project, launched in June 2021, was inspired by Article 79 of the Brussels Ia Regulation, which provides for the EU Commission to come up with a report on the application of the Regulation, addressing in particular the need to extend its rules to defendants not domiciled in a member state. While the report has yet to be released, the organisers rightly felt it was of great interest to compare the practice of Member States for those cases where the defendant is not subject to rules of direct jurisdiction in the Regulation.

The Chinese Court Recognizes an English Commercial Judgment for the First Time

The Chinese Court Recognizes an English Commercial Judgment for the First Time
Written by Zilin Hao, Anjie Law Firm, Beijing, China

On 17 March 2022, Shanghai Maritime Court of PRC issued a ruling of recognizing and enforcing a commercial judgment made by the English High Court, with the approval of Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”). This is the first time that Chinese court recognizes an English commercial judgment based on the principle of reciprocity, which is undoubtfully a milestone where the English court has not recognized the Chinese judgment before.


CJEU on the time limits for refusal of acceptance of a document/for lodging an objection against a decision on enforcement, in the context of the Service Regulation, in the case LKW Walter, C-7/21

This Thursday, the Court of Justice handed down its judgment in the case LKW Walter, C-7/21. In this case, the request for a preliminary ruling originates in the proceedings on a litigation malpractice action, between a company established under Austrian law and the lawyers established in that Member State, who represented the said company in the proceedings before Slovenian courts, in which it acted as a defendant.

In essence, the Austrian lawyers who in the context of the proceedings before Slovenian courts failed to timely lodge the reasoned objection against a decision on enforcement on the behalf of their client, now the defendant lawyers within the proceedings initiated by the said client against them, argue that the time limit set by the Slovenian legislator is not compatible with EU law.


HCCH Monthly Update: June 2022

Conventions & Instruments

On 4 June 2022, the HCCH 1961 Apostille Convention entered into force for Indonesia. The Convention currently has 122 Contracting Parties. More information is available here.

On 22 June 2022,  the Philippines deposited its instrument of ratification of the HCCH 2007 Child Support Convention. With this ratification, 44 States and the European Union are now bound by the Child Support Convention. It will enter into force for the Philippines on 1 October 2022. More information is available here.


Meetings & Events

On 1 and 2 June, the HCCH Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean organised a judicial training on the HCCH 1980 Child Abduction Convention in partnership with the Judicial School of Bolivia.

International commercial courts – a paradigm for the future of adjudication? – Online seminar – 14 July 2022

On July 14, 2022 an online seminar jointly organized by the Universities of Bologna, Milan and Verona (Italy) will provide a comparative perspective on the recent development of the setting up of specialized courts dealing with international commercial disputes.

All the information in the official poster.