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Are treaty parties clawing back investment protections?

Are treaty parties clawing back investment protections?

Premium article - 15 August 2014

The EU is embracing a North American model of investment protection in its treaty negotiations that risks politicising investor-state disputes by limiting tribunals’ interpretive powers, GAR Live Frankfurt heard. Sebastian Perry reports

Counsel win tenders for Costa Rica claims

Counsel win tenders for Costa Rica claims

Premium article - 01 August 2014

Two GAR 100 firms have won tenders to defend Costa Rica in a pair of treaty claims brought by mining and real estate investors, according to government documents that shed light on the going rates for counsel services in investment arbitration.

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Premium article - 18 July 2014

Three South Americans and one Australian have received their first arbitrator appointments at ICSID in recent weeks, including a former senior counsel at the centre, Alejandro Escobar.

UNCITRAL approves draft convention on transparency

UNCITRAL approves draft convention on transparency

Premium article - 10 July 2014

The UN Commission on International Trade Law has approved the draft of a new convention that will widen the application of its rules on transparency in investor-state arbitration.

Turkey and Kazakhstan settle oil dispute

Turkey and Kazakhstan settle oil dispute

Premium article - 08 July 2014

Turkey’s national petroleum company has settled an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Kazakhstan on the eve of hearings in Toronto.

Laos settles treaty claims over gaming assets

Laos settles treaty claims over gaming assets

Premium article - 23 June 2014

Two US-owned gaming companies have settled a pair of investment treaty claims against Laos worth US$1 billion – but only after a dispute over settlement terms spawned an expedited SIAC arbitration.

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Premium article - 30 May 2014

The past 10 weeks have seen new panels formed in eight ICSID cases, including first-time appointments for professor Alain Pellet and others from France, Singapore and Nigeria.

Portrait of the arbitrator

Portrait of the arbitrator

Premium article - 06 May 2014

Sebastian Perry interviews Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel about his long career as an international arbitrator, what he thinks about recent efforts to regulate counsel conduct, and the future of investment treaties.

Egypt defeats gas investor’s ICSID claim

Egypt defeats gas investor’s ICSID claim

Premium article - 08 April 2014

An arbitral tribunal has dismissed an Egyptian gas company’s treaty claim against Egypt after finding that the claimant was not under foreign control for the purposes of the ICSID Convention.

TREATY COLUMN: Contrasting approaches to ‘contribution’

Premium article - 07 April 2014

Matthew Weiniger and Harry Ormsby, partner and associate at Herbert Smith Freehills in London, consider three recent ICSID decisions that have taken markedly different approaches to situations where an investment is acquired for little or no consideration.