The first edition of this excellent textbook, reviewed here and written by Simon Greenberg, Christopher Kee and J Romesh Weeramantry, is forthcoming next year in a second edition that will include extra detailed comparisons from Asia-Pacific jurisdictions based on reports prepared by local experts. The second edition will be an even more valuable resource for practitioners and researchers in international commercial and treaty arbitration, given that so many countries in the region have adopted (and sometimes adapted) core international instruments like the New York Convention and UNCITRAL Model Law, including both Australia and Japan,
My former student Jim Morrison, now Senior Associate at Allens Linklaters in Sydney, has prepared with me a detailed (100+ page) report on Australia as the basis for our contribution to the second edition: available via http://ssrn.com/abstract=2514124. The report focuses on the most topical issues from a comparative perspective (as identified by those three commentators), raised in each of the 10 chapters of the Greenberg et al volume. However, the paper also provides an overview of the key provisions found in Australia’s (Model Law based) International Arbitration Act and main arbitration rules, with a particular emphasis on case law developments (including brief case notes) since statutory amendments in 2010. In addition, the paper includes a guide to other major publications related to international arbitration in Australia, especially since 2010. As mentioned in that paper, a more complete listing is provided below on this Blog (thanks to another former student, Ganesh Vaheisvaran). This should be a useful resource not only for those interested in Australia but also other Model Law based jurisdictions in the region, including Japan.