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Chinese state-owned company triumphs on US soil

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Boeing 747-8

Subsidiaries of a Chinese state-owned aerospace company have won an award against a US supplier of aircraft parts after agreeing to ICC proceedings in New York – a rare move for Chinese entities, which normally insist on arbitration in China.

Mining company wins against Gambia

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Banjul, capital of Gambia

After six years of proceedings, Carnegie Minerals has won nearly US$23 million against Gambia, in a case that saw arguments about whether the west African state is bound by the ICSID Convention and a first-of-its-kind arbitrator challenge.

What lies behind Italy’s ECT exit?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The latest GAR mag

Italy will withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty at the end of this year, it has emerged – becoming the second country after Russia to turn its back on the multilateral instrument. In a feature written in mid June and published in the latest GAR magazine, Alison Ross explores the reasons and the possibility that it will resume membership of the treaty in the future

Slovenia replaces Sekolec

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Ronny Abraham

Following the resignation of Jernej Sekolec under a cloud last week, Slovenia has appointed the president of the International Court of Justice Ronny Abraham to replace him on the tribunal hearing its fraught border dispute with Croatia over the Bay of Piran in the northern Adriatic.

Italy pursues case against India over marine killings

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The 'Enrica Lexie'

Italy has submitted a request for provisional measures in connection with a planned UN Convention on the Law of the Sea arbitration over the shooting of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines guarding an oil tanker off the coast of India three years ago.

Atlanta creates specialist arbitration court

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Atlanta skyline

Ahead of the September opening of an international arbitration centre at Georgia State University, the US city of Atlanta has followed in the footsteps of New York and Miami by assigning a court to hear disputes arising out of international commercial arbitrations.

Croatia withdraws over Sekolec scandal

Monday, 27 July 2015

Jernej Sekolec

Croatia has announced that that it is withdrawing from its maritime boundary arbitration with Slovenia after tapped phone conversations apparently exposed arbitrator Jernej Sekolec revealing confidential details of tribunal deliberations to the other side.

Panel grants interim measures against Ukraine

Monday, 27 July 2015

JKX Ukraine

An UNCITRAL tribunal hearing three newly consolidated treaty claims against Ukraine has issued interim measures forbidding the state from imposing royalty hikes on the claimants’ gas production – echoing the ruling of an emergency arbitrator earlier this year.

Covington hires in London

Monday, 27 July 2015

Stephanie Sarzana

After six years at the London office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Stephanie Sarzana has joined Covington & Burling as special counsel, where she will build a practice focusing on international energy and other commercial disputes.

English court rules for Rothschild in yacht dispute

Monday, 27 July 2015

A yacht, before its presentation at the Monaco Yacht Show

The English Commercial Court has held that claims against a company owned by UK-born financier Nathaniel Rothschild that were the subject of an arbitration cannot be heard again in litigation, even though the arbitral tribunal never ruled on the merits of the dispute.

Hong Kong law under challenge

Friday, 24 July 2015

Lord Pannick QC and Rimsky Yuen SC

A Chinese-owned investment fund has challenged the constitutionality of sections of Hong Kong’s Arbitration Ordinance on the set-aside of awards – flying Lord Pannick QC in from London to appear at a public hearing, which also saw the special administrative region’s justice secretary Rimsky Yuen SC intervene in defence of the legislation.

Rate your Hong Kong arbitration…

Friday, 24 July 2015

HKIAC arbitration evaluation form

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre has created a system whereby participants in cases can rate its proceedings and provide confidential feedback on arbitrator performance.

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