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Pioneer of NAFTA arbitration in Mexico joins Holland & Knight

Pioneer of NAFTA arbitration in Mexico joins Holland & Knight

15 January 2018

A lawyer who helped negotiate NAFTA on behalf of the Mexican government and is acting in two ICSID claims against Mexico relating to the telecommunications sector has left Jones Day to head Holland & Knight’s office in Mexico City.

Former ICC Asia director joins funder in Hong Kong

Former ICC Asia director joins funder in Hong Kong

15 January 2018

The former director of the ICC’s secretariat in Asia, Cheng Yee Khong, has joined Australian funder IMF Bentham in Hong Kong, following the special administered region’s approval of third-party funding of arbitration last year.

Slovenia-Croatia border dispute could go to ECJ

Slovenia-Croatia border dispute could go to ECJ

15 January 2018

Slovenia is threatening to take Croatia to the European Court of Justice over its continuing refusal to implement an arbitral award that defined their land and sea borders for the first time.

Mexico signs ICSID Convention

Mexico signs ICSID Convention

12 January 2018

With the future of NAFTA and its investor-state dispute settlement provisions looking uncertain, Mexico has opted for what one practitioner describes as "plan B": signing the ICSID Convention.

Brower warns against monstrous court proposal

Brower warns against monstrous court proposal

12 January 2018

Charles Brower has warned of the folly of the proposed international investment court – "a 15-headed Hydra" – and questioned why organisations and individuals that have been leaders in developing the investor-state dispute settlement‎ regime are now seeking to bring about its demise.

The SICC as overseeing court - what next?

The SICC as overseeing court - what next?

12 January 2018

Minor amendments to Singaporean law last confirm the Singapore International Commercial Court can be used as a supervisory court in international arbitration. Mahdev Mohan, Abraham Vergis and Wong Joon Wee of Providence Law Asia welcome the development and recommend the city state follows the Dubai International Financial Centre's approach of converting judgments into arbitral awards to avoid problems over enforcement.

Cheng in firing line in Hong Kong over unfinished cases

Cheng in firing line in Hong Kong over unfinished cases

12 January 2018

The Hong Kong media “scandal” over unauthorised structural additions at the home of former HKIAC chair Teresa Cheng, who has just assumed the role of justice secretary, has continued this week, while concerns have also been raised over her unfinished work as an arbitrator.

Guatemalan arbitrator faces trio of challenges from Venezuela

Guatemalan arbitrator faces trio of challenges from Venezuela

11 January 2018

Venezuela has challenged Guatemalan arbitrator Álvaro Castellanos Howell in three active annulment proceedings the state faces at ICSID because of his alleged criticism of the state’s judicial system.

Hong Kong tribunal orders payment by Gobi Desert mining company

Hong Kong tribunal orders payment by Gobi Desert mining company

11 January 2018

A Hong Kong-seated tribunal has ordered a Canadian mining company operating in Mongolia's Gobi Desert to return a US$11.5 million payment in a dispute over an agreement to supply coal.

Who is sitting at ICSID?

Who is sitting at ICSID?

11 January 2018

The latest round of tribunals formed at ICSID has seen first-time appointments for 14 arbitrators, including Nigeria’s Funke Adekoya, Linklaters partner Roland Ziadé, Germany’s Inka Hanefeld and Canadian Howard Mann of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.