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Dealing with Allegations of Economic Crime in Arbitration

Craig Orr QC recently participated in a conference on Arbitration and Crime: Dealing with Allegations of Economic Crime in Arbitration co-organised by the Basel Institute on Governance, the University of Basel and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law.  The conference, held on 11 and 12 January 2018 in Basel, addressed issues concerning the proof of corruption, and consequences of proving corruption, in international commercial and investment arbitrations.  Craig Orr QC gave presentations on (a) arguments of estoppel, waiver and acquiescence that might be deployed to counter a host state’s reliance on corruption, (b) the voidability of contracts for corruption under English law and (c) challenges to enforcement of arbitral awards on public policy grounds under English law. Other participants at the conference included (amongst others) Yves Fortier, Lord Goldsmith QC, Monty Raphael QC and Mark Pieth (Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel and former Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery). 

The Seminar Brochure can be viewed here.

Craig Orr QC’s outline presentation can be downloaded here.