Topic: Arbitrator challenges

Lowe faces challenge from Spain in ECT case

Weeks after he joined in an ICSID decision holding Spain liable in connection with reforms to its renewable energy regime, the state has applied to disqualify UK arbitrator Vaughan Lowe QC as tribunal chair in a separate case at the centre relating to the same measures.

25 April 2019

Malintoppi resigns after challenge over husband’s counsel work

Italian arbitrator Loretta Malintoppi has resigned as chair of an ICSID tribunal hearing a claim against Colombia after being challenged over her husband’s counsel work for the state in a separate dispute.

06 February 2019

Germany challenges entire Vattenfall tribunal

Germany has applied to disqualify all three members of the ICSID tribunal hearing a €4.7 billion Energy Charter Treaty claim filed by Swedish nuclear investor Vattenfall, weeks after the arbitrators posed questions to the parties.

14 November 2018

ICC rejects challenge based on arbitrator’s age

76-year old Swedish arbitrator Sigvard Jarvin has survived an attempt to disqualify him as chair of a billion-dollar construction dispute at the ICC on the grounds that his age meant there was a risk he would fail to finish hearing the case and that the costs of insuring against such an event were prohibitive.

15 October 2018

Zuleta defeats ‘prejudgment’ challenge

Spain has failed to unseat Colombian arbitrator Eduardo Zuleta from one of the numerous Energy Charter Treaty cases it faces, after his co-panellists ruled his chairing of another tribunal which ruled against the state does not mean he prejudged issues.

13 September 2018

Douglas resigns after challenge over MFN

Australian arbitrator Zachary Douglas QC has resigned from an UNCITRAL tribunal hearing a treaty claim filed by a family of banking investors against Colombia, before a challenge over his views on most-favoured nation clauses could be decided.

28 August 2018

Croatia fails to dislodge Alexandrov from ICSID panel

Bulgarian arbitrator Stanimir Alexandrov has survived an attempt by Croatia to disqualify him from hearing an ICSID claim by an Austrian bank, after one of his co-panellists recused himself from deciding the challenge.

31 May 2018

Arbitrator disqualified over ties to Kazakh judges

German arbitrator Rolf Knieper has been disqualified from hearing a US energy company’s ICSID claim against Kazakhstan because of his relationship with members of the country’s judiciary whose rulings are at issue in the case.

08 May 2018

Stern survives challenge in case over Croatian golf resort

UPDATED. Brigitte Stern has survived an attempt to disqualify her from hearing an ICSID case against Croatia over a controversial project to build a golf resort overlooking Dubrovnik, on the grounds of her past appointments by the state.

25 April 2018

Castellanos Howell survives three challenges by Venezuela

Guatemalan arbitrator Álvaro Castellanos Howell has survived three challenges made to his presence on ICSID annulment committees by Venezuela because of his alleged criticism of the state’s judicial system, as another embattled ICSID arbitrator, Stanimir Alexandrov, faces a new challenge.

12 March 2018

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