The United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards of 1958—better, and more snappily, known as the New York Convention—is widely regarded as one of the most successful international treaties ever. This success has, to be … Continue reading

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ICC has just released the latest results of its Trade Finance Register—the first performance database for trade finance assets, such as letters-of-credit. The new data set—which comprises data provided by 21 Banks on more than 15 million short-term trade finance … Continue reading

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As many countries around the world celebrate International Workers Day, it seems fitting to pause and reflect on the tragic collapse of the garment factory last week in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This, together with the factory fires in Dhaka late last … Continue reading

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Corporate responsibility (CR) reporting is now firmly on most corporate agendas with 95% of the 250 largest companies in the world reporting on their CR activities. However, despite promising statistics such as these – not to mention the increasing proliferation … Continue reading

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Earlier this week, ICC launched its first Antitrust Compliance Toolkit—a practical tool for companies of all sizes looking to develop a robust antitrust compliance programme. The toolkit was launched by members of ICC’s Commission on Competition at the 5th ICC … Continue reading

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Preparations are firmly underway at ICC UK headquarters for this Friday’s Annual Arbitration Conference—our flagship arbitration event of 2013. The theme for this year’s event is “Best Practices in International Arbitration”, with some of the UK’s leading arbitration practitioners set … Continue reading

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The veteran mining executive Algy Cluff wrote to the FT last week in what was seen by some as the first salvo in an attempt revise (or even repeal) the Bribery Act. The prompt for Mr Cluff to put pen-to-paper … Continue reading

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The next event in our well-attended UCP workshop series on 14 March will take a look at issues in commodities trade finance. According to UN estimates, around 60 per cent of commodity trading is conducted through letters of credit—representing upwards … Continue reading

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The New Zealand Government has today set out proposals to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products contingent on the outcome of a number of international legal challenges. Following this announcement, Andrew Wilson, UK Director of Policy at the International Chamber … Continue reading

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Even with the increased focus in recent days on the UK’s relationship with Europe, a quick flick through the morning papers shows that the tax avoidance agenda remains stubbornly high on the news agenda. A recent piece from the FT … Continue reading

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