Region: Australia

Australian-Taiwanese academic sets up as arbitrator

An Australian-Taiwanese academic who has helped develop arbitration in Taiwan and shape the Singapore Convention has joined chambers in Singapore with a view to building a practice as an arbitrator.

05 March 2021

Australian court rules on recognition of ICSID awards

The Federal Court of Australia has affirmed that Spain is not entitled to rely on sovereign immunity as a defence to recognition of a €101 million ICSID award – while holding that a first-instance judge took the wrong approach in the form of recognition he granted.

01 February 2021

Tasmania wins damages over power outage

A sole arbitrator has ordered the Singapore-owned operator of an undersea power cable to pay around US$28 million to the Australian state of Tasmania over a power outage five years ago.

11 December 2020

Magnate sees setback in Australian mining dispute

An Australian court has overturned the enforcement of a pair of awards in favour of a mining magnate pursuing a US$21 billion arbitration against Western Australia – as he challenges emergency legislation passed by the state government to thwart his claim.

25 November 2020

Rio Tinto gas price review claim not time-barred

An Australian court has ruled that Rio Tinto mining entities can pursue a price review claim against a Chevron consortium, finding that a time stipulation in their gas sale agreement was not essential.

24 September 2020

Mining magnate brings new suit against Western Australia

As Western Australia passes legislation to terminate a US$21 billion domestic arbitration, the mining magnate behind the claim says he has filed a new lawsuit against the state government – while practitioners have warned the law could lead to an investment treaty claim.

27 August 2020

Western Australia scrambles to halt mega-claim

An Australian mining magnate is seeking as much as US$21 billion in a domestic arbitration against Western Australia, as the state government scrambles to pass emergency legislation that would terminate the proceeding.

12 August 2020

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11 June 2020

Clyde & Co may face claim for breach of trust

A Chinese state-owned company is contemplating a claim against Clyde & Co for breach of trust over the law firm’s failure to release US$17 million posted by a client as security in a Singapore arbitration.

06 May 2020

Australian energy companies settle Senegal oilfield dispute

Australia's Woodside Petroleum and FAR have settled an ICC arbitration over a stake in a US$4.2 billion oil project in Senegalese waters, after the tribunal issued an award in favour of Woodside last month.

30 March 2020

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