On the morning of Friday 16 September 2022, to the sound of the Star Wars theme, the first edition of the Future of Technology in Arbitration 2022 conference, a.k.a. FOTA22, officially began. Delving into many interesting topics, the organizers ensured plenty of opportunities for the participants to have an active say in what was being…

As part of the 2022 Paris Arbitration Week, Bird & Bird, with the support of ArbTech and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), held an event on “Blockchain, NFTs, and the metaverse: Is arbitration ready to verse into a new universe?”. Paris-based international arbitration partner Jalal El Ahdab (Partner, Bird & Bird) and IP partner…

As part of the 2022 Paris Arbitration Week, several sessions were held in (relation to) the metaverse. This post provides an overview of the discussions held by the third panel during the 6th ICC European Conference (“Debate on Metaverse: Will Arbitration be the Arena of Web 3.0 Conflict? A Dispute Resolution Minefield Coming from the…

In 2005, Julian Lew spoke of his dream of autonomous arbitration – i.e., arbitration that is free from state interference. The theory of autonomous arbitration has remained a much-debated topic, with the most recent observation (by Ralf Michaels) being that autonomous arbitration does not exist and probably could not exist.1) Ralf Michaels, ‘Is Arbitration Autonomous’…

A lot has been said about virtual reality (VR) and the metaverse in recent months, but what is it like to actually use it? With one of the authors having recently organised the first-ever gathering in VR for international arbitration practitioners, we share some thoughts on the potential and limitations of this new medium for…