Region: Africa & Middle East

UK settles debt with Iran as prisoners released

The UK government has paid a nearly £400 million arbitral debt to Iran as two British nationals are allowed to return home after years of detention in Tehran.

16 March 2022

ICC Court president warns of "tool bias"

In a keynote speech at Tel Aviv Arbitration Week, the president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Claudia Salomon has warned that the "magnetic pull" of international arbitration and a common "tool bias" may mean that other dispute resolution methods are being insufficiently considered.

15 March 2022

UK court upholds enforcement against Libya

The Commercial Court in London has upheld an order enforcing a £16 million ICC award against Libya while ruling a US-owned defence contractor should be deprived of court costs for failing to raise sovereign immunity issues.

14 March 2022

DLA Piper hires Middle East practice head

Andrew Mackenzie has left Baker McKenzie in Dubai to join DLA Piper as its new head of arbitration, litigation and investigations in the Middle East.

14 March 2022

First GAR Connect Mediterranean has broad geographical reach

The first GAR Connect Eastern Mediterranean saw speakers discuss dispute-related trends arising from offshore natural gas fields in the Mediterranean itself, in countries bordering the sea like Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Libya and Turkey, and as far East as the Gulf and Russia.

10 March 2022

Split ICC panel sides with Libyan state entity

A divided ICC tribunal has ruled that Libya’s national oil company can buy out its Emirati partner in a refinery venture – as a dissenting arbitrator complains of due process violations and says the award “deprives a bona fide investor of its investment”.

08 March 2022

Iraq faces ICSID claim over power plant

A Lebanese company has brought a US$108 million contractual claim against Iraq at ICSID over a power plant project, asking that it be heard together with a claim under the OIC Investment Agreement.

07 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

Czech Republic reports win against Dubai investor

The Czech Republic says it has defeated a Dubai investor’s US$20 million treaty claim over the city of Prague’s refusal to conclude a land rental agreement.

03 March 2022

Vinson & Elkins’ Dubai head leaves to launch boutique

Amir Ghaffari has left his role as managing partner of Vinson & Elkins’ Dubai office to set up a new international arbitration boutique in the United Arab Emirates.

23 February 2022

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