Work Area: Investor-state arbitration

Spain solar case moves to quantum phase

An ICSID tribunal has found Spain liable for breaching a German solar investor’s legitimate expectations through the state’s renewable energy reforms – but said it would apply a discount to the damages awarded.

14 October 2020

Orange brings claim against Iraq

UPDATED: French telecoms group Orange has filed an ICSID claim against Iraq over the alleged expropriation of its US$500 million investment in a Kurdistan-based mobile phone operator.

13 October 2020

Renewables investors renew threats against Ukraine

Renewable energy investors are once again preparing to file investment treaty claims against Ukraine over reforms to its tariffs regime, alleging the state has failed to make good on an agreement designed to resolve the dispute.

13 October 2020

Egypt fails to knock out mining claim

An ICSID tribunal has upheld jurisdiction over a third-party funded claim brought against Egypt by Australia-based mining investors, ruling that the treaty between the countries contains advance consent to arbitration.

13 October 2020

Qatari bank brings claim against South Sudan

South Sudan is facing an ICSID claim from a commercial bank part-owned by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund that reportedly lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the country during its civil war.

12 October 2020

Israeli investor fails in claim against Guatemala

A divided UNCITRAL tribunal has dismissed an Israeli energy company’s US$117 million claim against Guatemala, ruling that the state is not liable for pursuing a criminal investigation into the tax affairs of electricity distributors owned by the investor.

12 October 2020

GAR Live Singapore Lookback: an interview with Lucy Reed

At last year’s GAR Live Singapore, Chiann Bao of Arbitration Chambers interviewed prominent US arbitrator Lucy Reed about her career path from advocate to academic, how to maintain work-life balance and her sober advice for those seeking to enter the field.

09 October 2020

Spain seeks to annul renewables award

Spain is seeking to annul an Energy Charter Treaty award won by European hydropower investors, in one of the many cases relating to the state’s renewable energy reform.

09 October 2020

Eni brings ICSID case over Nigeria corruption claims

Italian energy company Eni has launched an ICSID arbitration against Nigeria in response to the state’s allegations that its US$1 billion purchase of an oil prospecting licence was the product of corruption.

08 October 2020

Italy faces new renewables claim

A group of renewable energy investors is the latest to bring an Energy Charter Treaty claim against Italy over reforms to its solar power sector.

08 October 2020

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