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The IBA’s response to the war in Ukraine
It was just a little over a year ago that the entire world shut down, virtually all at once, with little warning. Terrible tragedies have played out all around the globe, with families losing loved ones, businesses and, indeed, entire industries decimated, and world travel – both internationally and even within our own neighbourhoods – drastically curtailed. We felt this particularly with the cancelling of the 2020 IBA Annual Conference in Miami in October.
Released on Apr 30, 2021
It is now about ten weeks since we assumed our positions as Committee Co-Chairs. Together with our team of senior officers, we have been busy on a number of projects, including the online webinar on 5 May 2021, which will be made available to all members without a registration fee. The webinar is entitled ‘ESG in shipping: “Greenwashing” or are challenges being met?’ We also hope to be able to share news of future projects during the course of the year.
Released on Apr 29, 2021
As social movements across the world promote global conversations around equality, the focus and the opportunity rest on the public and private sectors to reflect the values society cares about most.
Released on Apr 28, 2021
‘Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.’ Mahatma Gandhi
Released on Apr 27, 2021
Meet the officer: Ingolf Kaiser, Co-Vice Chair.
Released on Apr 26, 2021
English law’s position as the often-favoured law of choice to govern international commercial contracts is long-established. English law is highly developed, certain and the quality of its judicial and arbitration personnel highly respected. The common law system and the principle of precedent provide a wealth of past case law to assist in determining the potential outcome in future disputes.
Released on Apr 23, 2021
A South Korean district court recently issued a ruling on a bodily injury accident where a marine pilot fell from a pilot ladder, shortly after completing his pilotage service aboard the ship. The accident rendered him unfit for pilot services for several months.
Released on Apr 22, 2021
Brexit took place, as we knew it would, but thankfully not the real hard version that many had feared. Breaking up after so many years implies that that the ‘to do’ list is long.
Released on Apr 21, 2021
Since 1 January 2020, ships have had to operate outside designated emission control areas using fuels of 0.5 per cent m/m (mass by mass) sulphur oxide or less, and within emission control areas to 0.1 per cent m/m or less, in order to comply with the Regulations set out in Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
Released on Apr 20, 2021
In Halliburton v Chubb,1 the UK Supreme Court has handed down a keenly awaited judgment, clarifying the circumstances where an arbitrator must disclose their appointment in separate arbitrations involving overlapping subject matter and a common party.
Released on Apr 19, 2021
Online or e-dispute resolution has long been a beneficial option for resolving business disagreements, even before the spread of Covid-19. With the current disruption and bans on travel and meetings in many countries, using remote mediation means that companies still have a means of solving problems and moving their businesses on. The positive experience of e-dispute resolution is such that it is likely to remain long after the pandemic has gone.
Released on Apr 16, 2021
The Admiralty Law in India has recently seen an important development by the enactment of the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act, 2017 (Admiralty Act).
Released on Apr 15, 2021
In the decision of The Yue You 902 and another matter  3 SLR 573 (Yue You 902), the Singapore High Court considered the rights of a trade finance bank seeking to enforce its security over cargoes pledged to it by its customer.
Released on Apr 14, 2021
On 11 January 2021, the High Court of Eastern Denmark rendered a judgment in a direct-action lawsuit initiated by a tobacco manufacturer against a Dutch freight liability insurer due to the loss of 756 cartons of cigarettes in connection with a carriage by road from the plant in Hungary to the point of delivery in Denmark.
Released on Apr 13, 2021
This article sets out the Dutch Supreme Court’s decision of 29 May 2020 in the Stolt Commitment v Thorco Cloud case.
Released on Apr 1, 2021
By Richard V. Singleton and Godofredo Mendes Vianna. From the Chairs - Maritime and Transport Law Committee newsletter article, July 2020
Released on Jul 1, 2020
From the editors - Maritime and Transport Law Committee newsletter article, July 2020
Released on Jul 1, 2020
In the current global context, caused by the spread of SARS-CoV2 coronavirus, the oil and gas sector is facing a massive challenge, the scale of which is still to be seen. The coronavirus pandemic, and the drastic measures taken worldwide to counter the spread of coronavirus infections, has strongly affected oil demand demonstrated by a price war between Riyadh and Moscow and the price of oil barrels dropping significantly.
Released on Mar 8, 2020
At the time of writing (early March), the economic and practical impacts of coronavirus on the oil and gas sector continue to play out and are moving at a pace that quickly renders any commentary on the situation out of date.
Released on Mar 8, 2020
Over the past two years, the IBA’s War Crimes Committee has been actively involved in efforts to strengthen the drafts of two major multilateral conventions focused on atrocity crimes. The first is the International Law Commission’s articles on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity, which could form the basis for the world’s first multilateral convention on the crime. The second is a state-led effort to create a multilateral convention on mutual legal assistance and extradition
Released on Jun 21, 2018
Get to know the IBA European Regional Forum Officers of 2021.
If you were asked to name a well-known example of a class action, the first one to spring to mind might be Hollywood's Erin Brockovich, based on the true story of a Californian community that claimed for damages against an energy corporation for suspected groundwater contamination, and secured a multi-million-dollar settlement.
In many societies, many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people are subject to serious human rights abuses for not conforming to culturally established norms on sexuality or gender. As a result, LGBTI asylum seekers are prone to facing complex challenges arising from discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in their country of origin.
This article looks at LGBTI rights in Mexico City, and LGBTI political rights and the ban on conversion therapy as recent trends.
In late 2020, the National Bar Council of Italy (known as the Consiglio Nazionale Forense, or ‘CNF’), the public institution that represents lawyers in Italy, launched a project to study and combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or race. The project marks the first major institutional drive by the CNF to focus on this area in Italy.
A message from the Editor of the LGBTI Law Committee, April 2021.
On 22 May 2015 the Government of the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to amend the Irish Constitution and legalise same-sex marriage. This amendment was approved by 62 per cent of the electorate (with 38 per cent voting against it) and therefore a country that was widely considered to be historically conservative became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.
On 17 March 2021, the Sapporo District Court handed down what is considered by many as a historic landmark ruling establishing that it is unconstitutional to bar same-sex marriage.
By Pamela R Kovacs. Editor’s Note – Pro Bono Committee e-Bulletin
In this article, the importance of pro bono legal services is highlighted in public interest matters regarding freedom of expression. The article reviews the introduction of a Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suit defence in a defamation suit against environmental defendants in South Africa.