Topic: Coronavirus

Will the pandemic lead to pharma disputes in Africa?

Speakers at GAR Connect: Africa discussed pharmaceutical investments on the continent during the covid-19 pandemic, including advice on protecting IP, the types of disputes now emerging and whether international arbitration is well placed to resolve them.

27 October 2021

Covid plea fails to halt Hong Kong share freeze

A Hong Kong court has granted an injunction in aid of a CIETAC claim over a share transfer that was terminated on the grounds of covid-19 and “deteriorating Sino-US relations”.

20 October 2021

The pandemic curfew problem

A panel at the ASIL annual meeting simulated oral argument on whether a BIT’s public health and essential security interests clause provides a defence to treaty claims arising out of pandemic curfews, and whether such an exception can deprive a tribunal of jurisdiction. Ina Popova and Alma Mozetič, partner and associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, report.

01 October 2021

Live Nation to settle Mexican M&A dispute

Live Nation has revived a deal to acquire a Mexican live entertainment business for over US$440 million, suspending an ICC arbitration in which it had sought to abort the purchase because of the covid-19 pandemic.

15 September 2021

Covid plea fails to blunt razor award

A Swiss court has upheld an LCIA award against the majority shareholder of an Indian razor manufacturer, rejecting arguments that the arbitrators should have postponed a hearing in light of the covid-19 pandemic.

20 August 2021

Chile hit with claim over airport pandemic disruption

Two French airport operators have made good on their threat to bring an ICSID claim against Chile after their concession for Santiago’s international airport was disrupted by the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

16 August 2021

Indian investor’s covid plea can’t save claim against Libya

An UNCITRAL tribunal has terminated an Indian construction company’s US$110 million treaty claim against Libya for a failure to pay required advances, despite a plea from the investor that coronavirus conditions in its home country warranted granting an extension.

02 August 2021

Ghana too late to challenge power plant award

UPDATED: The Commercial Court in London has refused to allow Ghana to bring a belated challenge to an UNCITRAL award worth over US$134 million in favour of a power contractor, ruling that national elections and covid-19 did not make the state's delay reasonable.

11 June 2021

Pandemic has been catalyst for change, says survey

UPDATED. The pandemic has accelerated changes that were already starting to take place in international arbitration, according to the latest survey of the field by the School of International Arbitration of Queen Mary University of London and White & Case, the results of which were unveiled today.

06 May 2021

A year of "mute off"

It has been a year since the launch of "Mute Off Thursdays", a weekly virtual forum that has enabled women in arbitration to stay connected and build know-how during the pandemic.

19 April 2021

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