Region: Cameroon

Chad faces ICC claim over nationalised oil assets

UPDATED: A UK energy company that recently purchased ExxonMobil’s upstream oil assets in Chad has said it will seek ICC arbitration over the African state’s decision to nationalise them.

28 March 2023

Cameroon challenges Clay in pipeline case

Cameroon has sought to disqualify French arbitrator Thomas Clay from hearing an ICSID dispute with an oil consortium.

02 March 2023

ICC award set aside over Gaillard eulogy

An ICC award has been set aside after the Paris Court of Appeal concluded that a eulogy written for Emmanuel Gaillard following his sudden and unexpected death gave rise to doubt about the independence and impartiality of the tribunal president.

13 January 2023

Australian miner threatens new claim against Cameroon

An Australian mining company has warned it may bring an expropriation claim against Cameroon after the state granted rights to a multibillion-dollar iron ore project to a rival investor – as an ICC panel is formed to hear claims already filed.

31 October 2022

A win for Cameroon and other news at ICSID

UPDATED: Before the holiday break, Cameroon defeated an ICSID claim worth nearly US$1 billion and new claims were filed against Mali, Guyana, Peru and Hungary – while Italy failed again to knock out an Energy Charter Treaty case.

04 January 2022

Success fee row leads to fraud conviction

A French-Italian consultant is fighting to overturn her conviction on fraud charges over her work on an enforcement matter against Equatorial Guinea – a saga that has also led to an ICC award finding she was wrongly deprived of a success fee.

10 December 2021

RSM settles fight over Cameroon gas field

US oil company RSM has agreed to settle an UNCITRAL arbitration with its UK partner in a Cameroonian gas project, as the parties await an award in a related ICC case in Texas.

29 September 2021

Don’t condescend to African arbitrators

In a keynote address at GAR Connect: Breaking In, the director of legislation at Cameroon’s ministry of justice, Gaston Kenfack Douajni, criticised the “condescension” with which African arbitrators are treated and the “superiority complex” of some Western practitioners when dealing with arbitral centres in Africa.

08 September 2021

Australian miner takes Cameroon to ICC

Australian miner Sundance Resources has filed an ICC claim against Cameroon over the reallocation of licences for a multi-billion-dollar iron ore project to Chinese investors – months after it lodged an arbitration against the Republic of the Congo over similar allegations.

02 June 2021

Congo threatened with US$27 billion claim over revoked mining licence

Avima Iron Ore has become the third company to threaten arbitration against the Republic of the Congo over its revocation of mining licences last year, stating that it has suffered losses of US$27 billion.

11 March 2021

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