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US and Ecuador battle over BIT

Premium article - 16 July 2012

Ecuador's attempt to obtain a binding interpretation of its bilateral investment treaty with the US by means of state-to-state arbitration could have a destablilising effect on international investment law, according to the US's recently published jurisdictional objections.

Counsel clash over El Salvador claim

Counsel clash over El Salvador claim

Premium article - 08 June 2012

An ICSID tribunal has thrown out a mining company's DR-CAFTA claim against El Salvador but upheld its jurisdiction under a local investment law – after hearings in which a member of the state's legal team became a witness to accuse claimant's counsel of bad faith.

A man with many hats

A man with many hats

Premium article - 10 May 2012

GAR interviews Columbia Law School professor George Bermann about the growth in graduate courses on international arbitration, the demands of his role as chief reporter of the American Law Institute's Restatement, and the "cataclysmic" implications of the Chevron v Ecuador case.

Children of the revolution

Children of the revolution

Premium article - 27 April 2012

Three decades after it was set up to defuse the Iranian hostage crisis, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague is still arbitrating cases worth tens of billions of dollars. Sebastian Perry charts its impact on a generation of practitioners.

Tribunal explores outer waters of its jurisdiction

Tribunal explores outer waters of its jurisdiction

Premium article - 16 March 2012

The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea in Hamburg has become the first tribunal to delimit a maritime boundary in states’ outer continental shelf area, in a dispute between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the oil and gas rich Bay of Bengal.

Christopher Dugan 1948-2012

Christopher Dugan 1948-2012

Premium article - 02 March 2012

Christopher Dugan, lead counsel in two pathbreaking NAFTA claims against the United States, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Dissenter resigns after voicing policy concerns

Dissenter resigns after voicing policy concerns

Premium article - 15 November 2011

Egyptian professor Georges Abi-Saab has resigned from a tribunal hearing a mass claim by 60,000 bondholders against Argentina, after warning of the potentially disruptive effects on the international financial system if ICSID becomes the forum of choice for sovereign debt disputes.

The conference that almost didn’t happen

The conference that almost didn’t happen

Premium article - 07 November 2011

Last week’s International Bar Association conference in Dubai attracted record numbers – but the event almost didn’t take place because of objections to the subject-matter of some sessions on the part of the United Arab Emirates government.

Arbitrators and human rights

Arbitrators and human rights

Premium article - 13 June 2011

Arbitrators in investor-state cases should be more mindful of their role in shaping international legal standards and be prepared to consider environmental and human rights law when making their decisions, delegates at the ICCA 50th anniversary conference heard.

Quantum mechanics

Quantum mechanics

Premium article - 12 May 2011

The role of damages experts in international arbitration has never been more prominent - or more in debate. Does their input lead to a better outcome for the client or do they make proceedings more costly and complicated? Sebastian Perry reports