Topic: Public international law

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

Past and present ICJ judges welcome curb on moonlighting

Former International Court of Justice judge Bruno Simma has welcomed a move by the court to prevent judges moonlighting as arbitrators in investor-state cases, saying “there was a danger to the reputation of the court which was countered at the right time, the right moment”; while new judge Georg Nolte said the work of the court is “so intense” that taking on more is not a good idea.

09 April 2021

EU begins legal action against UK over Brexit law

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the UK over its plan to delay the implementation of Brexit legislation on trade in Northern Ireland, beginning a process that could see the dispute referred to arbitration.

15 March 2021

EU will interfere with commercial arbitration, Volterra warns

After putting paid to intra-EU BITs, it is only a matter of time before the European Commission begins interfering with commercial arbitration, Robert Volterra warned in a keynote speech at GAR Interactive DACH.

26 February 2021

Tomka resigns from China case as third ICJ term starts

Peter Tomka has resigned from a tribunal hearing an ICSID case against China amid controversy over him sitting as an arbitrator while serving as a judge on the International Court of Justice and following the publication of new court guidelines on judges moonlighting,

16 February 2021

Mauritius boundary claim against Maldives to proceed

A UN court in Hamburg has ruled that it can hear a claim by Mauritius against the Maldives regarding their maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean – finding that Mauritius’ sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago could be “inferred” despite the UK’s refusal to hand back the territory.

29 January 2021

Equatorial Guinea loses ICJ claim over seized Paris mansion

The International Court of Justice has affirmed that diplomatic immunity does not extend to a Paris mansion seized by French authorities in aid of a corruption case against the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president.

14 December 2020

Westerberg hires from Volterra Fietta

Maria Fogdestam Agius has joined Westerberg & Partners in Stockholm from public international law firm Volterra Fietta, where she was part of the team that recently helped Nigeria prevail in a multibillion-dollar ICSID case.

20 November 2020

What the award in Interocean v Nigeria tells us

Robert Volterra and Álvaro Nistal of Volterra Fietta share insights on a recent ICSID case decided in favour of Nigeria, with a focus on attribution and judicial expropriation.

10 November 2020

Reprieve for Maduro in battle over Venezuelan gold

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that the UK government’s recognition of Juan Guaidó rather than Nicolás Maduro as lawful president of Venezuela is not necessarily conclusive for the purpose of determining who has control over US$1.95 billion in gold reserves held by the Bank of England.

05 October 2020

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