Laws, treaties and soft law

Singapore launches model clause for arbitration-related litigation

The Singapore International Commercial Court has unveiled a model clause confirming that parties to arbitration-related litigation arising under the city-state's international arbitration legislation select it as their choice of court.

17 January 2023

Suriname accedes to New York Convention

Suriname, South America's smallest sovereign state, has become the 171st country to accede to the New York Convention, completing its coverage in the mainland Americas.

10 January 2023

Annacker on fragmentation and integration in investment law

Dechert partner Claudia Annacker used a keynote lecture in Prague to address fragmentation and integration in investment law. Jaroslav Kudrna and Alžběta Bělova of the Czech Ministry of Finance report.

22 December 2022

Norway hit with another snow crab claim

Norway is facing another ICSID claim by an investor in the snow-crab industry, brought under a bilateral investment treaty that the state is reportedly seeking to terminate.

01 December 2022

Brick Court puts focus on Enka

This year’s Brick Court Chambers annual conference was devoted to the reform of the 1996 Arbitration Act with particular attention to changes needed in light of the UK Supreme Court decision in Enka v Chubb. A team from Brick Court reports.

28 November 2022

‘Evolution’ not ‘Revolution’: BCLP survey examines England’s 1996 Act

The latest Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner survey has found that most arbitration practitioners are satisfied with the 1996 English Arbitration Act – despite noting that there is still significant scope for reform.

28 November 2022

EU parliament calls for ECT withdrawal

The European Parliament has called for the EU to exit the “outdated” Energy Charter Treaty – as the ECT’s signatories delay a vote on amendments to the treaty until at least April next year.

24 November 2022

Shell sees off award challenge in Nigerian loan dispute

A London court has upheld a pair of awards against a Nigerian oil and gas producer in an ICC dispute over loans worth US$2 billion, ruling that a Shell subsidiary had not waived its unilateral option to bring an arbitration.

23 November 2022

ECT parties delay vote on treaty reform

Contracting parties to the Energy Charter Treaty have delayed a vote that was due to take place today on whether to adopt a modernised version of the controversial treaty – after EU member states failed to agree on whether to support the reforms.

22 November 2022

Ireland’s Achmea moment?

The Irish Supreme Court has ruled that ratifying the EU-Canada trade agreement known as CETA would breach the country’s constitution by infringing juridical sovereignty – a move that commentators have called “Ireland’s Achmea moment”.

22 November 2022

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