International arbitration and interim applications: jurisdictional issues

International arbitrations often involve parties resident in jurisdictions that are not the same as the seat of the arbitration. In U&M Mining Zambia Ltd v Konkola Copper Mines plc [2013] EWHC 260 (Comm), the Commercial Court considered whether only the courts at the seat of an arbitration can grant interim measures before the appointment of the arbitral tribunal, or if a party may apply to courts in other countries. Although the facts of the case meant that it was not necessary for the court to reach a decision on this issue, the case contains a helpful summary of the case law on this point, upon which there remains no authority.

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