Russian State Duma (the lower chamber of the Parliament) has accepted in the first reading the law according to which Russian entities under sanctions can unilaterally change the arbitration agreement with foreign parties.
On April 28th 2019, an international arbitrator and construction expert Professor Sundra Rajoo, wrote a responsive letter to the Russian Arbitration Association explaining his version of the events that led to his resignation from the Director’s position of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) in Kuala-Lumpur.
Within Latin America, Peru is one of the most active jurisdictions both in the number of arbitrations and the number of arbitration-related events. This time, the Peruvian Institute of Arbitration (Instituto Peruano Arbitraje (IPA)),an academic organization dedicated to the dissemination of arbitration in Peru and abroad, organized what seems to be a unique international event.
The end of 2018 saw certain important changes introduced to the Law on Arbitration in Russia (the "Law on Domestic Arbitration"), which also apply to international commercial arbitration proceedings seated in Russia. The changes will take effect on March 29, 2019.
The Russian Arbitration Association has been submitting amicus curiae briefs in arbitration-related cases before the Russian Supreme Court since 2016. Though the rules of procedure do not expressly envisage such briefs, and the judges have refused to treat them as part of the case file, the briefs are read and, in some cases, appear to influence the decisions of the court.