Topic: Coronavirus

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

Lights, camera, action - a checklist for virtual hearing participants

Canadian arbitrator Janet Walker, who has previously written for GAR about the "new normal" of virtual hearings during the coronavirus pandemic, outlines practical steps we can take to ensure the best experience of such hearings.

14 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

Think tank calls for ban on treaty claims during pandemic

There should be a moratorium on treaty claims by private corporations against governments during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a permanent ban on claims related to government measures in response to the crisis, according to a letter circulated by a US think tank yesterday.

07 May 2020

Tribunal refuses to suspend Bolivia claim over pandemic

A tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has refused to suspend an investment treaty claim against Bolivia after the state argued that the coronavirus pandemic had made work on its statement of defence “virtually impossible.”

30 April 2020

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