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Enforcement action against Moldova resumes

Enforcement action against Moldova resumes

14 November 2018

A US court has allowed a Ukrainian company to resume an action to enforce a US$50 million Energy Charter Treaty award against Moldova despite the state’s renewed effort to have it annulled by the courts at the arbitral seat in France.

Greece faces renewed bid to enforce Olympics award

Greece faces renewed bid to enforce Olympics award

14 November 2018

A US defence contractor has asked a New York court for leave to begin attaching Greece’s US assets to satisfy a €48 million ICC award relating to a project commissioned for the 2004 Olympic Games that has been dogged by allegations of corruption.

Germany challenges entire Vattenfall tribunal

Germany challenges entire Vattenfall tribunal

14 November 2018

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.

ICC panel rejects treaty claim against Kazakhstan

ICC panel rejects treaty claim against Kazakhstan

14 November 2018

An ICC tribunal has rejected a treaty claim filed against Kazakhstan by a Turkish investor in one of the country’s most important airports.

Fietta promotes two and launches scholarship

Fietta promotes two and launches scholarship

13 November 2018

Public international law firm Fietta has announced its first partner and counsel promotions after launching an Oxford scholarship in memory of a colleague who died last year.

Scrapping of Mexican airport project may trigger treaty claims

Scrapping of Mexican airport project may trigger treaty claims

13 November 2018

An ICC claim is underway concerning cost overruns on a US$13.3 billion project to build a new international airport in Mexico City, as practitioners warn that the state may face a flurry of investment treaty claims if the incoming government makes good on a promise to scrap the project entirely.

ICC to hear smartphone patent dispute

ICC to hear smartphone patent dispute

13 November 2018

A Texas court has ruled that a dispute between Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC and Sweden’s Ericsson concerning royalties for cellular and wireless technology patents must be submitted to ICC arbitration.

New head for Mauritius centre

New head for Mauritius centre

13 November 2018

Paris and Mauritius-admitted lawyer Dipna Gunnoo has been named as the head of the recently restructured Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre, known as MARC.

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: the impact of culture – how well does IA handle differences?

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: the impact of culture – how well does IA handle differences?

13 November 2018

To what extent is international arbitration shaped by the culture of its participants, whether arbitrator, counsel or client? Are differences acknowledged and accommodated or swept under the carpet? Such questions were at the heart of the first session of GAR Live Dubai 2017.

Neighbour states win and lose at ICSID

Neighbour states win and lose at ICSID

12 November 2018

In a pair of yet-to-be published ICSID awards issued at the end of last week, Romania has defeated a US$450 million claim by a Swiss energy company over cancelled energy supply contracts, while neighbouring Serbia has been found liable in a case over its alleged failure to fairly apply regulations on the disposal of animal waste.