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UPDATE: On February 8, 2017, the Supreme Court announced that it would delay until its October 2017 term oral arguments in the consolidated cases concerning the enforceability of class arbitration waivers in employment agreements. 
The Supreme Court is currently set to answer the question of whether employees must be permitted, if they choose, to pursue relief collectively in an arbitration proceeding. Is that “concerted activity” that is protected by the National Labor Relations Act, and does that statutory provision supervene the provisions of the Federal Arbitration Act and the right to contract freely? 
A Federal court in New York recently opened the door there for U.S.-style discovery of evidence in aid of foreign or international commercial arbitrations, in accordance with a unique American statute – 28 United States Code (“U.S.C.”) § 1782.
Is an arbitration clause mandatory or permissive when it provides that either party to the contract may elect to submit a dispute to binding arbitration? What if the contract also provides that the right to arbitrate is not exclusive of any other rights that a party has to pursue legal action in an appropriate forum?
In an effort to streamline arbitration proceedings where possible, the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) announced on November 4, 2016 that it would issue new Expedited Procedure Rules, effective March 1, 2017, which will comprise the new Appendix VI of its Rules of Arbitration (“ICC Arb. R.”).
Relevant codified procedural rules with respect to the use of experts in international arbitration are scarce, and the parties and the arbitrators therefore get to create the pertinent rules of the road in each individual proceeding.
Practice and procedure in international arbitration regarding the selection of an expert witness has elements that are familiar and those that are unfamiliar to a U.S.-trained litigator.
In “Arbitration Agreements – Incorporation by Reference of an Arbitration Clause in in Another Document is a Simple Matter . . . Isn’t It?”,  we describe how the simple incorporation by reference of a provision in another document becomes a bit less simple when a Federal District Court says that something more is required – i.e., express notice that the other document contains an arbitration agreement among other provisions. 

Pros and Cons of Hot Tubbing in International Arbitration

December 19, 2016 | Blog | By Gilbert Samberg

In this article – “Pros and Cons of Hot Tubbing in International Arbitration” – we describe the nature of “concurrent evidence” or “witness conferencing” of experts (i.e., hot tubbing) in international arbitration, and the pros and the cons of employing such a procedure. 
In this article – “Drafting Sensible and Effective Multi-Step ADR Provisions” – we provide practical advice regarding factors to be accommodated in fashioning multi-step ADR provisions that are (1) useful and (2) likely to be enforced by the courts.
An expert witness obviously should be thoroughly prepared to give oral testimony in an adversarial proceeding, and frankly that can best be done by counsel. Is that always permitted in international arbitrations? 
In international arbitrations, litigators from the U.S. often find a bit of the familiar mixed in with equal or greater bits of the unfamiliar. One of the elements of international arbitration that is typically unfamiliar to U.S. litigators is the phenomenon of Tribunal-appointed experts in lieu of party-appointed experts.
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