The Future of Anti-suit Injunctions: The West Tankers Case and its Implications in the EU and US

Thursday, September 25, 2008
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT)
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.(BST)
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CEST)

Please join Mayer Brown's International Arbitration practice in a teleconference that will address the background to and policy reasons behind the Advocate-General's recent opinion in the West Tankers case. The opinion, which continues the European Court of Justice's recent trend of restricting the use of common-law remedies in European Member State jurisdictions, indicates that the full Court is likely to hold that the remedy of an anti-suit injunction to restrain breach of an agreement to arbitrate will no longer be available within European Union Member States. More specifically, the teleconference will address:

  • Background facts to the West Tankers case
  • The Advocate-General's Opinion: suspicion of arbitral tribunals' ability to determine their own jurisdiction and restriction on the rights of English Courts
  • How this decision affects the supposed priority of the parties' agreement
  • What the decision means for London as an arbitral center and how significant is the decision likely to be in the future
  • The impact on parties affected by breach of an agreement to arbitrate
  • What parties can do to protect their position
  • US perspectives on the implications of the decision

Philippa Charles - London
Alex C. Lakatos - Washington, DC

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Outside of North America: +1 703 639 1260
Conference ID: 1287079

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