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Tsegaye Laurendeau comments on Dr Gonzalo Stampa’s jail sentence in The Law Society Gazette

By Tsegaye Laurendeau

Partner Tsegaye Laurendeau comments on Dr Gonzalo Stampa’s jail sentence after being found guilty of contempt for his role as arbitrator in an international contract dispute, which centred on an alleged breach of contract against the government of Malaysia.

Tsegaye’s comments were published in The Law Society Gazette, 19 January 2024, and can be accessed here

International arbitration specialist Tsegaye Laurendeau, a partner at Signature Litigation, said the case was ‘highly unusual’. He added: ‘Given its historical, legal and even political ramifications, this is a complex matter warning against any definitive conclusions. That said, the optics are not good for Madrid’s continuing perception as a safe seat for international arbitrations. The Spanish courts are seen to be intervening in an ongoing arbitration and issuing direct instructions to a sitting arbitrator. If nothing else, this is highly unusual.’

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