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The global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on commercial dispute resolution in the first seven months

This article, published in the International Bar Association (IBA) Dispute Resolution International journal at [2020] DRI 83, gives an overview of the profound global impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on litigation, arbitration and associated methods of alternative dispute resolution in the first seven months of the pandemic.

Twenty-seven arbitration and litigation practitioners from 15 jurisdictions - Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, England and Wales, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States - contributed reviews of the impact of the pandemic on their home jurisdictions. In particular, they provided an analysis of the issues of law, practice, technology, unequal access to financial and technological resources, and public policy that have arisen, and how the responses of different jurisdictions and institutions have evolved.

A&O partner Anna Masser, along with Jana Löwer and Dr Carolin Happ, covered developments in litigation and arbitration in Germany (parts II and III). In Hong Kong, partner Matthew Hodgson covered developments in commercial litigation, as did Rick Gal from A&O’s London office in relation to England & Wales (part II).

Matthew, along with Fares Nowak, also contributed an article on “Valuation of Damages in Light of Covid-19” in the same issue of the journal.

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