Kluwer Law publication: International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution

Partner Samaa A.F. Haridi and senior associate Samuel L. Zimmerman, members of our New York International Arbitration practice, are featured authors in Kluwer Law International's recent publication, International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution. This publication, which is available online and in hardcopy, is the first book to describe and analyze how the COVID-19 crisis has redefined the arbitral practice, including the pandemic's effects on substantive and procedural aspects from commencement to enforcement. The publication presents leading practitioners' insights into the unprecedented and multifaceted issues that arise and provides expert tips and challenges in such practical matters as:

  • Preventing and resolving disputes of particular types – construction, energy, aviation, technology, media and telecommunication, finance, and insurance
  • Arbitrator appointments
  • Issues of planning, preparation, and sample procedural orders
  • Witness preparation and cross-examination
  • E-signature of arbitral awards
  • Setting aside and enforcement proceedings
  • Third-party funding

The chapter authored by Samaa and Sam specifically focuses on COVID-19 and energy disputes and provides a detailed overview on how the global pandemic has impacted the energy sector in the various industries, including oil and gas, power and electricity, renewable energy, nuclear power, and mining. The chapter also explores the impact of COVID-19 on investor-state arbitrations, commercial arbitrations, and settlement negotiations within the energy sector. Samaa and Sam also identify possible enforcement challenges in the energy sector and look ahead at green recovery.

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