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David Holloway contributes to debate on Hague Choice of Court Convention

David Holloway recently contributed to the debate on the Hague Choice of Court Convention, hosted by João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, first Secretary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The HCCH 2005 Choice of Court Convention (“Convention“), adopted over fifteen years ago, has recently become the subject of damning criticism from Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Born suggested that states bound by the Convention should denounce it, and that other states, including those like the United States, China, and Israel whose signature foreshadows ratification, should discontinue their work.

João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, first Secretary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law responded, firmly, against the charges laid at the Convention’s feet with a debate that involved David (who was credited with contributing substantively to the article with his extensive experience and knowledge), Christophe Bernasconi (Secretary General of the HCCH), Ning Zhao (Senior Legal Officer at the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH), Hans van Loon (former Secretary General of the HCCH), Marta Pertegás (former First Secretary of the HCCH, who oversaw work relating to the Choice of Court Convention), Louise Ellen Teitz (former First Secretary of the HCCH and member of the US delegation to the Diplomatic Session adopting the Choice of Court Convention), and Danielle Carrington, intern at the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH.

The full publication “Hailing the HCCH (Hague) 2005 Choice of Court Convention, A Response to Gary Born” can be found here.

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David is a specialist in international commercial dispute resolution and is part of a team of specialist at Outer Temple who conduct cases in Europe, US, Caribbean, Asia Pacific and MENA regions. David is also one of a number of barristers at Outer Temple with significant experience of  litigation in international commercial courts particularly those in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Astana. To find out more about David or instruct him please contact Sam Carter, Practice Director, on +44 (0)203 989 6669.

International 28 Jul, 2021


David Holloway

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