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Shifting paradigms in energy arbitration

Shifting paradigms in energy arbitration

15 March 2019

A conference in Houston organised by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Institute for Energy Law and ICC International Court of Arbitration focused on the future of international arbitration in the energy sector, including ISDS and the impact of climate change. Lisa Ann Johnson of Covington & Burling reports.

Lukoil faces SCC claim over Uzbek project

Lukoil faces SCC claim over Uzbek project

14 March 2019

Malaysian engineering group KNM has filed an SCC claim worth US$96 million against a subsidiary of Russia’s Lukoil for unpaid works at gas-condensate fields in Uzbekistan.

Al Jazeera obtains measures over jailed journalist

Al Jazeera obtains measures over jailed journalist

14 March 2019

An ICSID tribunal has recommended that Egypt grant Al Jazeera necessary access to an imprisoned journalist and ensure his humane treatment so that he can testify in an arbitration concerning an alleged state campaign of harassment against the Qatari broadcaster.

Spain faces biggest payout yet over solar reforms

Spain faces biggest payout yet over solar reforms

14 March 2019

Spain potentially faces its largest liability to date in the many arbitrations it is fighting over reforms to its renewable energy sector, after an ICSID tribunal upheld claims by a Florida-based energy company that the measures breached the Energy Charter Treaty.

Psychology and unconscious bias explored in Vienna

Psychology and unconscious bias explored in Vienna

13 March 2019

Vienna Arbitration Days 2019 considered the impact of psychology and unconscious bias on arbitration, the importance of maths and economics and the use of artificial intelligence tools in assessing damages.

Counsel returns to Cairo centre

Counsel returns to Cairo centre

13 March 2019

Mohamed Hafez has rejoined the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration as counsel and legal advisor to its director, more than a decade after he first worked there.

Practice head promoted to partner in Kiev

Practice head promoted to partner in Kiev

13 March 2019

Pavlo Byelousov, who has advised Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz in a series of multibillion-dollar disputes, has been promoted to the partnership at Aequo in Kiev.

ICC panel dismisses claim against Burkina Faso

ICC panel dismisses claim against Burkina Faso

13 March 2019

An ICC tribunal has dismissed a US$2.2 billion claim against Burkina Faso over one of the world’s largest manganese mines, also rejecting a counterclaim of similar size and the west African state's allegations of corruption.

US lawyer threatens NAFTA claim over securities investigation

US lawyer threatens NAFTA claim over securities investigation

12 March 2019

A US lawyer has threatened Canada with a NAFTA claim over his treatment by provincial authorities investigating his role in an alleged securities fraud.

Anti-enforcement injunction lifted in Singapore

Anti-enforcement injunction lifted in Singapore

12 March 2019

The Singapore Court of Appeal has lifted an injunction granted to an affiliate of US hotel group Hilton to prevent the enforcement of a Maldivian court judgment that was obtained in breach of an arbitration agreement.