The European Court of Justice issued its eagerly awaited judgment in the so-called West Tankers or Front Comor case on 10 February 2009. To many in the arbitration community, especially those based in London, it will come as a disappointing, if not altogether surprising, conclusion of a lengthy legal saga, which began over eight years…

In its decision of 6 October 2008 (5A_201/2008), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court had another opportunity to address its practice regarding conflicts of interests of part-time judges and arbitrators. It had stated in earlier decisions that a judge is deemed to be biased if he or she acts or recently acted as counsel for one…