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Don’t shun freedom of ISDS, warns Nappert

Friday, 27 November 2015

Sophie Nappert

In the inaugural lecture of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration, Sophie Nappert warned Europeans against turning their backs on the freedoms afforded by investor-state dispute settlement in light of the proposal for a new EU investment court.

No agreement yet on global ethics council

Friday, 27 November 2015


The Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) has hosted an initial meeting of major international arbitration institutions and associations to discuss proposals for a Global Arbitration Ethics Council – though no agreement so far has been reached.

Spain claims count at ICSID hits 23

Friday, 27 November 2015

Wind farm

Two new Energy Charter Treaty claims have been brought against Spain at ICSID in the past month, as tribunals are formed for two other cases – all relating to cuts to subsidies for renewable energy.

Iran – a promising future with a loaded past?

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Sylvia Noury, partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, considers Iran’s extensive history of investment disputes and the potential for more cases arising under its modern investment treaty framework, drawing on a recent presentation she gave in London.

“An open mind, not a blank mind”: Hanotiau survives challenge by Kazakhstan

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Bernard Hanotiau

Kazakhstan has failed to remove Belgian arbitrator Bernard Hanotiau from an ICSID tribunal on the grounds of his involvement as chair in another case against the state and his alleged repeat appointments by the claimants’ counsel.

De Brauw promotes Yukos team member

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Albert Marsman

Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has made a new partner, Albert Marsman, who is part of the team defending the US$50 billion Yukos awards in set-aside proceedings in The Hague.

Paris association appoints new board members

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The new directors (from left to right): Bertrand Moreau, Laurence Kiffer, Marie Danis, Caroline Duclerq and Diego Fernandez Arroyo

As it turns 40, the Paris Association for Arbitration has elected a new president, Bernard Moutreau, and four new board members, including three women.

Marijuana claim threatened against Canada

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Will the investors bring a joint claim?

Canada has been threatened with a US$4.8 billion NAFTA claim by US investors who were refused permission to open a medical marijuana facility in Ontario.

FIFA presidential hopeful turns to CAS (will Blatter be next?)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Blatter and Platini

UEFA chief Michel Platini has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne to lift a ban that prevents him from taking part in the campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, amid speculation that Blatter will also turn to the court soon.

New leaders for Linklaters

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Matthew Weiniger QC and Pierre Duprey

Matthew Weiniger QC and Pierre Duprey have been named as the new co-heads of international arbitration at Linklaters, replacing Matthieu de Boisséson and Françoise Lefèvre.

Kurdistan fails on immunity plea in London

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The consortium's operations in Kurdistan

The High Court in London has enforced an LCIA tribunal’s order requiring the Kurdistan regional government of Iraq to pay US$100 million to a UAE-led gas consortium within 30 days, rejecting arguments based on sovereign immunity and the financial strain of its military confrontation with ISIS.

Gold Reserve award enforced in DC

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The DC court enforced the award despite still ongoing annulment proceedings in Paris

A US court has confirmed a US$746 million ICSID award against Venezuela, holding that the state waived its right to use arguments that its counsel had only raised “obliquely” in the arbitration hearings.

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