Laws, treaties and soft law

Turkmenistan joins New York Convention

Following a recent transfer of presidential power from father to son, Turkmenistan has become the 170th country and last former Soviet state to accede to the New York Convention.

11 May 2022

Will US face treaty claims over oligarch measures?

US President Joe Biden’s proposals to make it easier to sell off assets of Russian oligarchs in response to the war in Ukraine could lead to investment arbitrations against the United States, but practitioners are doubtful that such claims would succeed.

29 April 2022

Three decades after signing, Kyrgyzstan finally joins ICSID

Kyrgyzstan is finally to become a party to the ICSID Convention, which it signed 27 years ago, in 1995, but never acceded to after a ratification instrument signed by the then-president mysteriously disappeared on the way to the Kyrgyz embassy in Washington, DC.

22 April 2022

“Freezing and seizing”: can Russia be made to pay?

An event at Paris Arbitration Week hosted by Queritius considered the potential for investors affected by the invasion of Ukraine to bring treaty claims against Russia – and how awards might be enforced.

04 April 2022

Hong Kong tables bill on success fees

Hong Kong has published a bill that would allow success fees in arbitrations and related court proceedings, bringing the special administrative region in line with other major arbitral seats.

29 March 2022

DIAC and LCIA reach deal

UPDATED. The Dubai International Arbitration Centre and London Court of International Court of Arbitration have reached a deal whereby the LCIA will administer all existing cases under DIFC-LCIA rules from London, after a decree issued by the government of Dubai six months ago effectively abolished the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre.

28 March 2022

ICSID member states approve revamped rules

Member states of ICSID have approved long-awaited amendments to the centre’s rules for investment disputes, which promise to increase access, speed and transparency.

22 March 2022

German constitutional court upholds provisional application of CETA

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has rejected several challenges to the provisional application of a controversial free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.

16 March 2022

DIAC unveils rules amid continued uncertainty

The Dubai International Arbitration Centre has issued new rules and named the members of its new arbitration court, in the wake of a shock decree that makes it the principal arbitral institution in the emirate.

07 March 2022

The Escazú Agreement: internationalising environmental matters and sustainable rights

Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid, Kate Lomas and Angela Antoniou of Eversheds Sutherland report on a recently concluded Latin American regional treaty addressing environmental protections and the rights of environmental defenders, and providing for state-to-state arbitration over compliance with its terms.

15 February 2022

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