Topic: Public international law

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

Panels in place to hear Qatar's postal claims

Four tribunals are in place at the Permanent Court of Arbitration to hear claims by Qatar against its Middle Eastern neighbours over the suspension of postal services as part of their continuing blockade of the country.

15 September 2020

Hague panel finds India cannot prosecute Italian marines

An arbitral tribunal in The Hague has ruled that India must cease to exercise criminal jurisdiction over two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen in the Indian Ocean eight years ago but that the state is entitled to compensation from Italy over the incident.

02 July 2020

Hague tribunal orders return of Iranian assets

The Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague has ruled in a long-running dispute over Iranian physical assets that were frozen during the 1979 hostage crisis – ordering the US to pay over US$29 million in damages to Iran and return several antique musical instruments including a Stradivarius.

16 March 2020

Twenty Essex grows PIL team in London

London set Twenty Essex has expanded its public international law offering with the arrival of barrister Simon Olleson, who has defended the United Arab Emirates before the International Court of Justice and helped Lesotho to prevail in a high-profile investment treaty dispute.

04 February 2020

Ukraine’s ICJ claim against Russia clears hurdle

The International Court of Justice has ruled it can hear claims by Ukraine concerning Russia’s alleged support of terrorism in eastern Ukraine and mistreatment of non-Russian communities in Crimea.

11 November 2019

Mauritius and Maldives take boundary dispute to UN court

Mauritius and the Maldives have agreed to have a dispute over their maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean resolved by a special chamber of a UN court in Hamburg rather than by arbitration.

23 October 2019

UN committee upholds jurisdiction over Qatar discrimination claims

Leading arbitration practitioners will fight two ground breaking human rights cases after a United Nations committee agreed to hear complaints brought by Qatar against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over their blockade of the country – which it says violates a treaty against racial discrimination.

04 September 2019

Renewing the relationship between treaties and custom in ISDS

A seminar organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Withers explored the relationship between treaties and customary international law in investment treaty arbitration. Robert Kovacs and Sudipta Purkayastha of Withers in London report.

25 June 2019

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