Monday, 27 March 2017

Internationalising the International Arbitration Act

Last week the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced into the Senate and received its second reading speech.  The object of the Bill is to ‘make minor and technical amendments to civil justice legislation’ and it proposes amendments to various Commonwealth legislation including the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth) (IAA).  A closer inspection of the proposed amendments to the IAA reveals that the relevant amendments to the IAA are anything but ‘minor and technical’.