Topic: Coronavirus

Jones on lessons from lockdown

Delivering a keynote address at the first virtual GAR Live, Australian arbitrator Douglas Jones AO called on practitioners to learn the lessons from our “time of isolation” and improve the efficiency of arbitral proceedings through technology.

08 September 2020

PCA resumes in-person hearings

The Permanent Court of Arbitration says it has now resumed “partial in-person hearings” at the Peace Palace in the Hague, citing an exception in Dutch travel restrictions that will allow participants abroad to attend without quarantining.

07 September 2020

Claims filed over multibillion-euro eyewear merger

Franco-Italian eyewear group EssilorLuxottica is facing a pair of arbitrations over its planned €5.5 billion purchase of a rival Dutch brand, after raising concerns about measures taken by the target company to mitigate the impact of covid-19.

30 July 2020

From coronation to coronavirus – will the pandemic stretch the concept of frustration under English law?

Stevens & Bolton partner Catherine Penny and associate Andrew Reid look at the history of frustration under English law, arguing that it had its high water mark during the economic and social instability of the post-war years and may be similarly stretched as a concept in the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.

27 July 2020

Why online “covid hearings” will improve arbitration

In a keynote speech, Justin D'Agostino looked at the practical and ethical challenges of moving hearings online in response to the coronavirus pandemic but argued that the community will overcome these and that the use of technology will improve international arbitration.

17 July 2020

Zimbabwe faces LCIA claim over covid-19 testing kits

Zimbabwe’s state-owned pharmaceutical company has been threatened with an LCIA claim over the termination of a US$60 million contract to supply covid-19 testing kits, amid a criminal investigation that has led to charges against the country’s former health minister.

15 July 2020

Romanian real estate dispute heads to London

Johannesburg-listed property investment group NEPI Rockcastle has announced it is in arbitration over a €290 million sale of offices in Romania that stalled in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

10 July 2020

Germany fails in second challenge to Vattenfall panel

Germany has failed in a second attempt to disqualify the ICSID tribunal hearing a €4.7 billion claim brought by Swedish company Vattenfall over its phase-out of nuclear energy – after arguing that an arbitrator’s failure to disclose an alleged issue conflict and the tribunal’s refusal to delay a hearing in the face of the covid-19 pandemic showed bias.

09 July 2020

Peru threatened over coronavirus emergency measure

A road concessionaire has reportedly threatened to bring a claim against Peru over a law suspending the collection of tolls in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which if filed would be the first known arbitration brought against a state over its handling of the pandemic.

05 June 2020

Mexico faces potential claims over pandemic response

Several investors are considering bringing investment treaty claims against Mexico after the state placed restrictions on renewable energy production citing a fall in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic – amid doubt that this is the real motive.

22 May 2020

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