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Ukraine brings maritime claim against Russia

Ukraine brings maritime claim against Russia

Premium article - 23 September 2016

Ukraine has instructed Covington & Burling for an arbitration against Russia over potentially oil-rich waters adjacent to Crimea – as another investment treaty claim looms relating to the annexation of that territory.

East Timor calls on Australia to negotiate sea border

East Timor calls on Australia to negotiate sea border

Premium article - 13 September 2016

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has been hosting a first-of-its-kind “compulsory conciliation” proceeding initiated by East Timor to resolve a maritime boundary dispute with Australia that touches on the fate of valuable oil and gas reserves.

Malta wins claim over detained oil tanker

Malta wins claim over detained oil tanker

Premium article - 12 September 2016

A tribunal in The Hague has ruled in favour of Malta in a claim against São Tomé and Príncipe over the detention of an oil tanker on smuggling charges.

Uzbek state entities take Kyrgyzstan to ICSID

Uzbek state entities take Kyrgyzstan to ICSID

Premium article - 07 September 2016

As Uzbekistan marks the end of the 25-year rule of its first president, four of its state entities have filed an ICSID claim against neighbouring Kyrgyzstan in a dispute over the management and operation of a tourist resort.

US used arbitral settlement as “leverage” for prisoners

US used arbitral settlement as “leverage” for prisoners

Premium article - 19 August 2016

The settlement of a longstanding arbitral dispute between the United States and Iran over an aborted arms deal has become a contentious issue in the US presidential election, after the Obama administration admitted that a US$400 million payout to the Middle Eastern state was used as “leverage” to ensure the release of prisoners.

Another Crimea panel in place at the PCA

Another Crimea panel in place at the PCA

Premium article - 19 August 2016

An UNCITRAL tribunal has been formed to hear the first investment treaty claim by a Ukrainian state entity arising from Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, as hearings take place in similar cases brought by private investors at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Wood focuses on inter-state disputes in Lalive Lecture

Wood focuses on inter-state disputes in Lalive Lecture

Premium article - 12 August 2016

The choice between arbitration and permanent courts to resolve the rising number of inter-state disputes was the subject of this year’s Lalive Lecture, delivered by Sir Michael Wood, the former principal legal adviser at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office who now practises from 20 Essex Street in London. Lalive associate Tessa Hayes reports.

South China Sea tribunal favours Philippines

South China Sea tribunal favours Philippines

Premium article - 12 July 2016

One of the most politically sensitive international arbitrations to date, over maritime rights in the South China Sea, has ended with a ruling in favour of the Philippines, as China continues to reject the case's legitimacy.

China rejects UNCLOS award

China rejects UNCLOS award

Premium article - 12 July 2016

In a statement today, China declared the award in the South China Sea arbitration to be “null and void” with “no binding force” and said that it would not accept or recognise the decision.

Lithuania loses to Gazprom in Stockholm

Lithuania loses to Gazprom in Stockholm

Premium article - 23 June 2016

Lithuania has failed in an attempt to secure almost US$2 billion in compensation, after a tribunal in Stockholm rejected arguments that Gazprom as the state's monopoly gas supplier charged “unfair prices”.