Region: Africa & Middle East

Ghana may face treaty claim after state bank thwarts arbitration

An English court has ruled that an arbitrator has no jurisdiction to hear an Indian commodities group’s US$300 million claim against a Ghanaian state-owned bank – but could the dispute turn into an investment treaty claim?

18 May 2022

Iranian gas award surfaces in US court

The UAE’s Crescent Petroleum has asked a US court to enforce a US$2.4 billion award against Iran’s national oil company, shedding light on a fraught 13-year arbitration that saw three arbitrators resign and a tribunal chair disqualified.

17 May 2022

Nigeria passes new arbitration law and allows funding

Practitioners in Nigeria are celebrating after the country passed a new arbitration and mediation law including new provisions on arbitrator immunity, interim measures and third-party funding.

16 May 2022

Chinese miner brings ICC claim over Congo lithium project

One of China’s largest mining groups has launched an ICC claim over the purchase of a stake in a major lithium project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

13 May 2022

DRC reaches billion-dollar settlement with Gertler companies

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has reportedly reached a settlement worth US$2 billion with sanctioned Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler and two of his companies that will see the state withdraw an ICC claim over two oil blocks.

03 May 2022

GE enforces interim measures in Algerian power plant dispute

General Electric has persuaded a New York state court to enforce interim measures granted by an ICC tribunal against an Algerian state-owned entity in a dispute over a US$234 million power plant project.

28 April 2022

East Africa – the future of infrastructure and energy disputes

A webinar hosted by Three Crowns and the Africa Energy Arbitrators' Forum of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre looked at the future of East African energy and infrastructure disputes. Jacob Omorodion and Thomas Dauvillier of Three Crowns in Washington, DC, and Paris report.

25 April 2022

Iraq fails to revive claim over Saddam-era helicopter deal

A French court has rejected Iraq’s bid to revive a €62 million ICC claim over a contract for the supply of combat helicopters that was disrupted by an arms embargo against the former regime of Saddam Hussein.

22 April 2022

Libyan authority shakes off French attachments

A French court has lifted attachments on assets of the Libyan Investment Authority worth several hundred million euros – following a European Court of Justice ruling that practitioners say is also likely to complicate enforcement against Russian assets.

20 April 2022

We need to talk about ESG

Environmental, social and governance issues are looming ever larger in investor-state arbitration, with tribunals facing difficult questions relating to climate change, human rights and corruption, John Gaffney of Al Tamimi in Abu Dhabi has argued.

19 April 2022

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