Cal. Litig. 2019, Volume 32, Number 2

The Singapore Convention and California’s Role in a New Era of International Mediation

By Eric Z. Chang & Howard B. Miller

Eric Z. Chang is Founder and Principal of Chang Law, a Los Angeles-based firm focused on international commercial arbitration and mediation, as well as investor-state arbitration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the California International Arbitration Council.

Howard B. Miller is a JAMS Mediator and Arbitrator, a past president of the State Bar of California, and a founder and Co-Chair of the California International Arbitration Council.

2019 is a banner year for the growth of international dispute resolution in California. On January 1, 2019 a new statute, Senate Bill 766 (2017-2018 Reg. Sess.), clarified the rules permitting out-of-state and foreign counsel to appear in international commercial arbitrations in California. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1297.185 et seq.; see also Chang, Golden Opportunities for the Golden State: The Rise of International Arbitration in California (2018) 31:2 Cal. Litig. 27; Miller, California Now Open for Business in International Arbitration (2018) 26:1 Cal. Int’l L.J. 11.)

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