Topic: Coronavirus

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

Major hearing centres team up

Three leading international arbitration hearing centres, the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London, Maxwell Chambers in Singapore and Arbitration Place in Toronto and Ottawa, have joined forces to form a new alliance offering "global hybrid hearings" in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

13 May 2020

What covid-19 means for Latin American arbitration

The coronavirus pandemic and accompanying economic and political crisis is creating challenges and opportunities for arbitration practitioners across Latin America says Aníbal Sabater, partner at Chaffetz Lindsey in New York – and could lead to something close to a revolution in the field of investment arbitration.

29 April 2020

Can arbitration rescue trials stalled due to covid-19?

With courts subject to state lockdowns owing to the coronavirus pandemic, barristers Gordon Nardell QC and Angharad Parry of Twenty Essex in London are working on a protocol whereby cases in England and Wales that have stalled can be heard in arbitration instead – and say there is no reason why the approach should not be extended to other jurisdictions.

28 April 2020

Pandemic sinks settlement of Egyptian gas plant dispute

A settlement agreed by Egypt earlier this year to satisfy a US$2 billion ICSID award has fallen through, with sources suggesting the coronavirus is to blame.

27 April 2020

SCC offers ad hoc platform for free during pandemic

In an initiative to support online administration of proceedings in challenging times, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce is offering its secure digital platform for communications and file sharing between tribunals and parties free of charge for ad hoc cases started during the coronavirus pandemic.

24 April 2020

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