International Court of Arbitration to open in Turkey

One of the world´s largest institutions for settling international commercial disputes, the International Court of Arbitration, needs to retain its independence in the face of extensive lobbying, its chairman has said. 

The court needs to flourish and its independence, which "is being tampered with", needs to be protected, John Beechy, the court´s chairman, said Monday during a press conference at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges in Turkey´s capital, Ankara.

Beechey is in the Turkish capital to discuss the possible opening of a regional center of the court in Istanbul after a draft law, which would allow the establishment of this, was submitted to the Turkish parliament on March 25.

Turkey´s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said the parliament would work on enacting the bill in the days to come, but did not give a specific date. He added that the judiciary is the most important safeguard you can give to international investors, who need the justice system to seek remedy.

A report on corruption in international arbitration was published March 24 by the International Chamber of Commerce, of which the International Court of Arbitration is a member. The report includes unpublished judgments from 2001 to 2009 by arbitrators, who had or had not found evidence of corruption.

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