Work Area: Human Rights

Arbitrator conflict leads to human rights ruling

The European Court of Human Rights has found that an Italian power company’s right to a fair trial was violated because of an arbitrator’s failure to disclose his ties to Enel – while declining to order Italy to pay compensation of €1.2 billion.

21 May 2021

WATCH: GAR Connect Moscow Workshop

A full recording of our GAR Connect Moscow Workshop can be found here.

14 May 2021

Russian media dispute heads to human rights court

A US government-funded media group has taken its dispute with Russia over new requirements for foreign-funded outlets to the European Court of Human Rights – months after threatening the state with a treaty claim over the same measures.

16 April 2021

UAE defeats ICJ claim over Qatar embargo

The International Court of Justice has thrown out Qatar’s claim against the United Arab Emirates over alleged human rights violations arising from the “discriminatory” embargo in the Gulf.

11 February 2021

Semenya to take appeal to European Court of Human Rights

Olympic middle-distance runner Caster Semenya will take the fight over her testosterone levels to the European Court of Human Rights, after failing to set aside a CAS award upholding rules that prevent her from running in some events.

19 November 2020

Peru threatened with claim over environmental fine

A cacao plantation owner has threatened to file an ICSID claim against Peru after it was hit with a US$35 million fine for breaching environmental regulations.

10 November 2020

Romania secures extradition of ICSID witness

A London court has upheld a ruling allowing Romania to extradite the key witness in an ICSID case to face corruption charges – despite a recommendation by the arbitral tribunal that a warrant for his arrest be suspended.

23 October 2020

Shearman puts focus on human rights at sea

Shearman & Sterling has partnered with a UK charity to propose the use of international arbitration to resolve disputes over human rights abuses at sea.

05 May 2020

PCA hosts launch of Hague Rules for business and human rights disputes

An event at the Permanent Court of Arbitration marked the launch of the Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration. Fabio Santacroce and Caterina Benini of ArbLit in Milan report.

20 January 2020

Human rights in ISDS: where are we now?

More than two years ago, the ICSID tribunal in Urbaser v Argentina made significant findings on the role of international human rights law in investment treaty arbitration. Iain Maxwell and Caitlin Eaton of Herbert Smith Freehills in London look at how subsequent tribunals have responded to human rights and environmental considerations.

03 July 2019

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