Topic: Arbitrator challenges

Panama Canal arbitrators under fire over "cross-appointments"

The consortium that oversaw the expansion of the Panama Canal has applied to set aside a US$265 million ICC award in favour of the canal authority, alleging that the arbitrators failed to disclose “multiple cross-appointments and inter-relationships”.

27 November 2020

UK Supreme Court dismisses appeal over apparent bias

UPDATED: The long-awaited UK Supreme Court ruling in Halliburton v Chubb is out, unanimously dismissing the appeal over apparent bias and naming the arbitrator at the centre of the controversy as Kenneth Rokison QC.

27 November 2020

Halliburton v Chubb: comments from counsel

Counsel who took part in the Halliburton v Chubb appeal before the UK Supreme Court, representing the parties and interveners, have shared their views on the judgment.

27 November 2020

Is there such a thing as a bad challenge?

A panel at GAR Interactive Hong Kong debated whether there is such a thing as a bad challenge, looking at the damage that may be wreaked on the tribunal and challenging party as well as the potential to spur disclosures and systemic change.

23 November 2020

Dutch judge disqualified from suit over Crimean treasures

A Dutch judge has been disqualified from hearing a lawsuit over the fate of Crimean gold artefacts for giving inaccurate information about his past work with a party's counsel in a Yukos-related matter.

10 November 2020

Lockdown in India leads to LCIA challenge

The majority shareholder in an Indian razor-blade maker has failed to disqualify all three members of an LCIA tribunal over their refusal to postpone a hearing because of the covid-19 pandemic.

04 November 2020

ICC arbitrators targeted in Kenyan mobile dispute

A Kenyan company has obtained a court order in Nairobi requiring the ICC to turn over documents for use in a fraud suit against an arbitrator – and says it has filed related criminal complaints against tribunal members in France and Austria.

02 November 2020

Grigera Naón survives Venezuela challenge

Venezuela has failed to unseat Argentine arbitrator Horacio Grigera Naón from an ICSID tribunal over allegations the claimant’s counsel provided him with legal advice while the case was pending.

28 October 2020

Decision dismissing Veeder-Douglas challenge surfaces

ICSID has published a decision that dismissed an attempt by the claimants in a case against Kuwait to disqualify the late VV Veeder QC and Zachary Douglas QC, who the claimants had proposed as tribunal chair but then later accused of a “pro-state bias”.

22 October 2020

Mayer to stay on Cameroon case despite Klöckner appearance

French arbitrator Pierre Mayer will continue hearing an ICSID case against Cameroon after surviving a challenge brought on the basis of his failure to disclose advocacy work he performed for the state in the famous Klöckner case more than 30 years ago.

28 September 2020

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