New group puts spotlight on race

A new group, Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers, will seek to bring about more racial diversity and equality in the international arbitration field.

18 January 2021

Georgia faces renewed claim over oil and gas block

A Gibraltar entity has threatened to bring a US$22 million Energy Charter Treaty claim against Georgia over an oil and gas block – more than a year after its Australian parent company withdrew an ECT claim over the same project.

15 January 2021

Crystallex can proceed with sale of PDVSA refinery

A Delaware court has granted Canadian miner Crystallex permission to sell shares in the US refinery business owned by Venezuela’s national oil and gas company PDVSA, saying each day the creditor cannot collect its US$1.6 billion ICSID award is an “affront” to the US judicial system.

15 January 2021

Chinese swimmer wins challenge over arbitrator's tweets

A Swiss court has overturned a CAS award that handed a Chinese swimmer an eight-year doping ban – finding that the tribunal chair, former Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini, had shown bias in tweets criticising Chinese dog meat eating practices and referencing skin colour.

15 January 2021

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler partner goes solo as firm promotes

Sabina Sacco has left the partnership at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler to work as an independent arbitrator, as the Geneva boutique promotes Nina Lauber-Thommesen to counsel.

15 January 2021

DLA hires Japan disputes head from Quinn Emanuel

Tony Andriotis has left the partnership at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to join DLA Piper and lead its international arbitration practice in Japan.

15 January 2021

Get the inside view on the US and ISDS under Biden

Readers are invited to join us next week for GAR Interactive: BITs – where the climate crisis, the art of the settlement and the Biden administration’s approach to ISDS will be discussed.

15 January 2021

Where does Brexit leave investment protection?

In the wake of the UK-EU trade deal, practitioners say questions remain over the investment protections in the agreement and the fate of the UK’s bilateral investments treaties with EU member states.

14 January 2021

Korean biotech company liable in gene therapy dispute

A Korean biotech company has been ordered to pay US$40 million in an ICC arbitration over the mislabelling of a gene therapy treatment, a matter that caused a scandal in Korea and led to the prosecution of executives.

14 January 2021

All-time high for LCIA

The LCIA has reported an all-time high of 444 referrals in 2020, with 407 arbitration cases fully administered by the institution pursuant to its own rules.

14 January 2021

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