Arbitration is the leading method for resolving cross-border commercial disputes, in part because companies naturally fear litigating in a foreign court. Arbitration allows the parties to resolve their dispute in a neutral forum. An international treaty—the U.N. Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (also known as the “New York Convention”) also makes arbitration awards more readily enforceable across national borders than court judgments.
Our lawyers have acted as counsel or arbitrators in international arbitration proceedings administered by most of the world’s major international arbitral tribunals. They are also experienced in litigation ancillary to international arbitration proceedings, including:
The recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards under the New York Convention;
- Obtaining interim relief during the pendency of international arbitration proceedings;
- Obtaining evidence for use in international arbitration proceedings, including experience with 28 U.S.C. § 1782; and
- Actions to compel, stay or enjoin arbitration.
AGG’s attorneys have acted as arbitrators and counsel in international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and other major international arbitral tribunals. They are also experienced in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards under the New York Convention.
We routinely speak on international dispute resolution topics at events around the world. Recent engagements include conferences organized by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Law Association, and foreign bar associations and universities on virtually every continent. A small sampling of the topics recently covered at these events include the following: “Written Evidence in International Arbitration—Where Are We Heading?,” “Dialing 911: Obtaining Interim and Emergency Relief in Support of Arbitration,” “Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration,” “Recent Developments in Choice of Law Clauses in International Contracts and the Case for a New Global Instrument,” “Class Action Arbitration: Why and How To Do It,” “Russians Abroad: The Experience of Russian Parties in Foreign Litigation and Arbitration,’ “Judicial Assistance and Enforcement Proceeding in Cross-border Litigation and Arbitration,” “Litigation Versus Arbitration in International Business Disputes,” “Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in the United States,” and “Cross-Examination in International Arbitration.”
We support our legal services with multilingual legal professionals, employing attorneys from Russia, Germany, India and attorneys and paralegals fluent in Russian, German, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Ukrainian, Italian, French, Romanian and Yoruba.
AGG is a founding member of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, and an AGG lawyer serves as the founding president of that organization. Our lawyers have also served as chairs of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, on the U.S. Secretary of State’s select Advisory Committee on International Law, and on panels/arbitrator listings maintained by the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the ICDR, the LCIA, and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC).