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Ecuador to pay for mine seizures but violence prompts damages cut

Ecuador to pay for mine seizures but violence prompts damages cut

Premium article - 02 June 2016

An UNCITRAL tribunal has ordered Ecuador to pay damages for the unlawful expropriation of two copper reserves but cut the amount because of violence inflicted on anti-mining protestors by a security force hired by the claimant.

Latvian roof collapse leads to threat of ICSID claim

Latvian roof collapse leads to threat of ICSID claim

Premium article - 01 June 2016

A Dutch real estate investment fund has threatened to file an ICSID claim against Latvia over the conduct of its municipal authorities and courts following the fatal collapse of a supermarket roof in Riga that triggered the fall of the country's government.

Panel forbids duplicate claims in Egyptian gas dispute

Panel forbids duplicate claims in Egyptian gas dispute

Premium article - 25 May 2016

UPDATED: An ICSID tribunal has ruled that a group of gas investors did not act in bad faith by bringing claims against Egypt in multiple arbitrations but that they cannot pursue duplicate claims over the same shares in two treaty cases.

AES moves to enforce Argentine gas exports award

AES moves to enforce Argentine gas exports award

Premium article - 23 May 2016

Argentina’s national oil and gas company YPF is facing US enforcement proceedings after an ICC tribunal ordered it to pay US$504 million plus interest for breaching contracts relating to the export of natural gas to Brazil.

Burundi claim leads to Pyrrhic victory

Burundi claim leads to Pyrrhic victory

Premium article - 15 April 2016

An ICSID tribunal has found Burundi liable for failing to prevent the occupation of a Belgian businessman’s property by squatters, but awarded him only half the amount that he spent in bringing the arbitration.

Naftogaz threatens treaty claim over Crimea

Naftogaz threatens treaty claim over Crimea

Premium article - 22 February 2016

Ukraine’s national gas company has threatened to bring an investment treaty claim against Russia over the seizure of its assets in Crimea – adding to the list of disputes arising from the Russian annexation of the peninsula in 2014.

Pugachev convicted over funding of treaty claim

Pugachev convicted over funding of treaty claim

Premium article - 19 February 2016

Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev has received a two-year prison sentence for contempt of court, with a UK judge ruling that a deal to fund his US$12 billion investment treaty claim against Russia was in breach of a worldwide freezing order.

“Poisoned waters”: Croatia’s stance on the Sekolec scandal

“Poisoned waters”: Croatia’s stance on the Sekolec scandal

Premium article - 19 August 2015

Correspondence shared with GAR sheds light on Croatia’s main argument why its border arbitration with Slovenia cannot continue – the risk that arbitrator Jernej Sekolec has introduced new facts and arguments into tribunal deliberations and the case record over a 13-month period, influencing his co-arbitrators’ decision-making.

What lies behind Italy’s ECT exit?

What lies behind Italy’s ECT exit?

Premium article - 29 July 2015

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 magazine, GAR explores the reasons and the possibility that it will resume membership of the treaty in the future

The prince, the banks and the mystery arbitrations

The prince, the banks and the mystery arbitrations

Premium article - 12 June 2015

The High Court in London has upheld claims by three Middle Eastern banks that they were victims of a fraud involving an Arab prince and a seemingly fictional arbitral institution in Guinea.