Topic: Arbitrator challenges

Stern sees off challenge over “pro-state bias”

A UK oil and gas company has failed to dislodge French arbitrator Brigitte Stern from an ICSID tribunal on the basis of her repeat appointments by states and by Egypt in particular.

08 June 2020

First-time arbitrator resigns after complaint over CV

A software company that reported a first-time LCIA arbitrator to the Solicitors Regulation Authority for allegedly misrepresenting her arbitration experience on her CV has been ordered to pay part of the costs of a discontinued challenge.

27 May 2020

Indian arbitrator cleared of bias in Singapore

Singapore’s international commercial court has upheld a US$100 million ICC award relating to a five-star hotel project near Kolkata, rejecting arguments that Indian arbitrator Harish Salve SA showed bias by only belatedly disclosing a co-counsel relationship with the winning side’s law firm.

20 May 2020

Hobér survives challenge in solar case

Spain has failed to unseat Kaj Hobér from an Energy Charter Treaty claim by a German solar investor, with the challenge decided by the chair of ICSID’s administrative council after his co-panellists were divided on the disqualification bid.

19 May 2020

Arbitrator stays afloat in Greek submarine dispute

Greece has failed to disqualify Spanish arbitrator Juan Fernández-Armesto as chair in an €8 billion ICC claim it is pursuing over projects to replenish its navy’s submarine fleet – months after the state reached a partial settlement with one of the respondents.

13 May 2020

Germany renews bid to unseat Vattenfall panel

Germany has for a second time applied to disqualify all three members of the ICSID tribunal hearing a €4.7 billion claim by Swedish power company Vattenfall over the country’s phase-out of nuclear energy.

20 April 2020

Brazilian oil awards survive failure to disclose

A French court has upheld five partial awards in an LCIA-administered arbitration between Brazilian partners in an offshore oil block – while finding that an arbitrator should have disclosed his ties to a Canadian law firm that acted for the majority shareholders of one of the parties.

17 April 2020

Spain tries to topple Tawil

Spain has applied to disqualify Argentine arbitrator Guido Tawil from hearing one of the many claims it faces over renewable energy reforms – citing his repeat appointments by investors in such cases and his dissent from decisions where the state has escaped liability.

03 April 2020

Rees survives second challenge in Spain solar case

Spain has failed in another bid to disqualify UK arbitrator Peter Rees from hearing an Energy Charter Treaty claim over the state’s renewable energy reforms, based on his successful removal by the European Union in another ECT case.

17 February 2020

Hobér disqualified from solar case over dissent

Swedish arbitrator Kaj Hobér has been disqualified from hearing a €53 million Energy Charter Treaty claim against Spain, following a challenge based on his dissent in another case over the state's renewable energy reform.

15 January 2020

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