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Clifford Chance hires Ukrainian lawyer in Frankfurt

Ukrainian disputes lawyer Olga Hamama, co-founder of an NGO that helps refugees from Russia's war in Ukraine, is joining Clifford Chance's Frankfurt office as special counsel.

14 November 2022

Saudi centre launches in Dubai

The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration has launched "SCCA Dubai", its first office outside Saudi Arabia.

13 November 2022

Germany latest to quit ECT

Germany’s ruling coalition has decided to withdraw the country from the Energy Charter Treaty, while saying it will ratify the EU-Canada trade agreement known as CETA.

11 November 2022

Deripaska fails to revive treaty claim against Montenegro

A Swedish court has denied a bid by sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to revive a €600 million claim against Montenegro – rejecting arguments the state had succeeded to a bilateral investment treaty signed by the former Yugoslavia.

11 November 2022

Honduras sees DR-CAFTA disputes loom

UPDATED: A US investor has formally notified Honduras of its intent to bring a treaty claim potentially worth nearly US$11 billion over plans to repeal special economic zones, while the central American state has also been threatened by several energy companies.

11 November 2022

Miner hits Mexico with NAFTA claim over VAT rebates

A US precious metals producer has made good on its threat to file a NAFTA legacy claim against Mexico over its tax authorities’ refusal to grant VAT refunds on royalty payments.

11 November 2022

CIArb elects new presidents

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has elected Jonathan Wood of RPC in London and Mohamed Abdel Wahab of Zulficar & Partners in Cairo as its presidents for 2024 and 2025 respectively, also adding new trustees.

11 November 2022

Slovenia joins European exodus from ECT

Slovenia has become the latest EU member state to announce it is withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty, as Switzerland confirms it will vote to adopt modernisations to the treaty.

10 November 2022

Norway and Latvia move to terminate BIT

As oral hearings take place in a €400 million snow-crab fishing dispute under the Latvia-Norway bilateral investment treaty, the two states have moved to terminate the BIT and its ten-year sunset clause.

10 November 2022

Saudi centre unveils new court

The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration has announced the creation of an independent "SCCA court" to determine technical and administrative matters related to its caseload, featuring leading international figures and with Bahrain-based arbitrator Jan Paulsson as president.

10 November 2022

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