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2018 Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Conference (CIArb) April 2, 2018

This conference is offered free to members of CIArb; registration is required. Standard registration for non-CIArb members is $250. MCLE credit will be available.

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Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment March 2-4, 2018 Miami, FL

Join NAB for our next Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment in Miami Fl., March 2-4, 2018.  The fee is $1,950 or $1,750 for firms registering 3 or more people. This event is filling up quickly so please register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

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Litigation Funding: Are These Costs Recoverable in Arbitration?

The use of third parties to fund plaintiffs' legal and litigation expenses ("litigation funding") is becoming an increasingly common practice in Europe and the United States, and has been used in Australia for many years. As the litigation funding industry has grown and evolved, it is becoming more common in arbitration. Indeed, there are some litigation funding companies that limit their investments to cases that are being arbitrated rather than tried in a country's court system. Thus, arbitrators are being increasingly asked to award litigation funding expenses as costs.

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2017 Energy Conference Summary and Resources

The North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators hosted a sold-out conference in Houston in April 2017. Co-chairs of the conference were Tom Cunningham (Tom Alan Cunningham PLLC), Lucy Greenwood (GreenwoodArbitration) and Ann Ryan Robertson (Locke Lord LLP), whose efforts in organizing the conference and marshaling the impressive list of speakers were widely acclaimed by the delegates.

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Ben Sheppard

It is with great sadness that we report that our esteemed friend and colleague, Ben Sheppard, passed away on March 4, 2017. Ben was the first Texas Chapter Chair of the NAB. A gentleman and scholar, Ben fought his illness with the same grace and charm as he exhibited through his life. His obituary is below.

He will be greatly missed by the international arbitration community.

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Toronto Chapter Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Toronto Winter 2017 Newsletter is available.  Use following link to read The Ontario Arbitrator.

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Day at Lloyd's III

This is the third program in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s (TIPS’) series of highly successful panel events, designed to encourage a greater understanding between the U.S. and international insurance markets of how Lloyd’s of London works and the practical issues that arise in dealing with it. This program will primarily focus on dispute resolution between insurers and policyholders, insurers and reinsurers, and among insurers in consecutive and concurrent towers.

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Save the Date - March 22, 2017

Arbitrating Patent Disputes: Innovative Approaches and New Concerns

What: Four-location, video-linked conference featuring speakers from the United States and Europe

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Energy Arbitration 2017 Conference Friday April 28, 2017

Please join us on Friday April 28, 2017 for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North American Branch, Energy Arbitration 2017 Conference, Resolving Energy Disputes in Times of Crisis.

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NAB Newsletter October 2016

The October 2016 NAB newsletter is available. In this issue: Message from the Chair of the Executive Board, NAB Event Updates, What is the Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program? Trustee Elections and more...  Click here to download your copy now.

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Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology Dispute Resolution Conference Open Forum with Silicon Valley San Francisco, CA September 16, 2016

On September 16, 2016, the Charted Institute of Arbitrators (North America Branch), along with the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center and the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution will present an all-day program at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, CA titled:

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Yukos US$ 50 Billion Dollar Arbitration Award Reversed: The Russian Federation v Yukos Universal Limited, Hague District Court, Chamber for Commercial Affairs, April 20, 2016

For those of you who are not familiar with the case, the Yukos litigation is one of the biggest disputes in the arbitration world. While the case is too complex and its history too long to describe properly in this article, suffice it to say that it comprised a multi-year hearing of a Russian tax dispute between Russian nationals and the Russian Federation concerning tax assessments again a Russian company. The arbitration fees amounted to multi-milliions and involved several of the world’s leading arbitration practitioners.

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We are now offering a worldwide student membership scheme for all students with an interest in ADR. Student membership is free and open to anyone studying at a university or other higher educational institution who is not otherwise qualified to join CIArb at any other membership grade.

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May 3 ICC West Coast Conference in San Francisco

The ICC will be holding a conference in San Francisco on May 3 (with a reception on May 2), titled: “Crossroads in International Arbitration: Discovery, Developments & Decision Making.” The North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (NAB) is a cosponsor. Several NAB members are speaking at the conference, including Sally Harpole (San Francisco and Hong Kong), David Huebner and Howard Miller (Los Angeles), and Gerald Ghikas (Vancouver). Further information is available from:

Please note that April 8 is the deadline for the special early bird registration rate, so you should register before then if interested.

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Conference Summary--CIArb NAB's Resolving Disputes with Companies From Asia: What is the Best Approach?

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The North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators invited their members and international colleagues to join them in San Francisco on Saturday, January 22, 2016 for a conference titled “Resolving Disputes with Companies From Asia: What is the Best Approach?” And come they did! From all over the United States, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Japan, to the University of California Hastings College of Law.

With the city abuzz in preparation for the 50th Super Bowl, San Francisco’s clouds parted and shone brightly on our speakers who travelled long distances to share their experience and wisdom with 137 registrants. This year’s President of the CIArb, Professor Sundra Rajoo FCIArb, who is one of a small group of honored Malaysians who hold the esteemed title of “Datuk”, opened the substantive portion of the conference with an overview of recent developments in arbitration in Asia and his predictions of its future directions.

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Accelerated Route to Fellow Houston, TX May 20-22, 2016

Join NAB for our Houston, TX Accelerated Route to Fellow course. The event will be held in Houston, TX May 20-22, 2016

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Introduction to International Arbitration - Montréal February 20, 2016

Join CIArb NAB for a one day program February 20, 2016 at McGill University Faculty of Law. The program is organized and hosted by:The Ottawa/Montréal Chapter of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, NAB and Co-Hosted By: McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution / Revue de règlement des différends de McGill.

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Invitation to January 22, 2016 Conference: Resolving Disputes With Companies from Asia: What is the Best Approach?

Resolving Disputes With Companies from Asia: What is the Best Approach?

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REGISTER NOW - Toronto Chapter Symposium & AGM September 24, 2015

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Toronto Chapter, is delighted to invite you to an afternoon symposium on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 at The Albany Club in Toronto, Ontario

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Accelerated Route to Fellow Miami, FL October 30 - November 1, 2015

Join NAB for our Miami, FL Accelerated Route to Fellow course! The event will be held in Miami, FL October 30 - November 1, 2015

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Lucy Greenwood
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