Topic: Coronavirus

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

Eyewear maker can’t get look at covid docs

A Dutch appeal court has refused to allow French-Italian eyewear maker EssilorLuxottica to obtain discovery in a dispute over a €5.5 billion takeover disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic.

08 April 2021

Working from home creates cybersecurity headache

Cybersecurity risks in international arbitration have increased due to the pandemic, when working remotely from home has become the new normal, heard delegates at the latest Hong Kong Arbitration Week.

25 March 2021

No right to physical hearing in 22 countries, taskforce finds

An ICCA taskforce investigating the right to a physical hearing in international arbitration has found there is no express right to in-person hearings in the latest 22 countries it examined.

09 February 2021

Chile threatened over airport pandemic disruption

Two French airport operators have threatened Chile with an ICSID claim after their billion-dollar concession for Santiago’s international airport was severely disrupted by measures taken in response to the covid-19 pandemic.

20 January 2021

Spain fails to unseat ICSID panel over refusal to travel

Spain has failed to disqualify an ICSID tribunal over its refusal to hold an in-person hearing during the covid-19 pandemic – and the failure of two of the arbitrators to disclose their participation in the Frankfurt Moot.

16 December 2020

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