Litigation and Arbitration

On 17 February, the Peruvian Congress presented Bill No. 7161/2020-CR amending the Arbitration Law, which alters some of the requirements for arbitrations in Peru. The aim of the reform, it has been pointed out, is to include minimum quality standards in awards issued in the framework of national arbitrations. However, the proposed text affects key issues such as the nationality of arbitrations or the choice of arbitrators in a way that could end up being detrimental to the current good position of arbitration in Peru.
As a result of the improving epidemiological situation in Portugal, and in the implementation of a government strategy for gradually lifting lockdown measures adopted within the scope of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the regime for the general suspension of procedural periods and procedures established previously is now revoked.
The International Bar Association (IBA) approved, on December 17, 2020, the revised IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (‘IBA Rules 2020’), finally published on February 17, 2021. The revised rules have been updated on matters related to remote hearings, cybersecurity, docent production, witness statements and expert reports, appointment of experts, cross-examination or the admissibility of evidence.