Region: Europe

Reforms proposed for England’s 1996 Act

Practitioners have been reacting to initial proposals by the Law Commission of England and Wales for reform of the Arbitration Act 1996, including on arbitrators’ duties of disclosure, summary disposal, jurisdictional challenges and emergency arbitration.

22 September 2022

Russia wins appeal over Dutch representation

A Dutch court has ruled that the dean of the Hague Bar was wrong to refuse to appoint replacement legal representation for Russia in various set-aside proceedings after the state’s original counsel resigned following the outbreak of war in Ukraine.

21 September 2022

Rosneft threatens Germany over refinery seizures

Rosneft has threatened to bring a claim against Germany after the state seized control of oil refinery assets worth €4.6 billion to shore up energy supplies.

20 September 2022

Dutch courts diverge over review of jurisdiction decisions

The Dutch courts have reached opposite conclusions when reviewing jurisdictional findings in two investment treaty cases brought by dual nationals. Jeroen van Hezewijk and Eleonora Di Pangrazio of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer argue this asymmetry is untenable and may even be in breach of the Netherlands’ international obligations.

20 September 2022

ICCA gathers in Edinburgh amid Queen’s funeral

The 25th Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration has got underway in Edinburgh against the backdrop of the UK state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

19 September 2022

Madrid to host ICCA in 2026

Madrid is to host the 27th ICCA Congress in 2026, beating rival bids from Dubai, Kigali and Vancouver.

19 September 2022

Spain liable in another solar case

An ICSID tribunal has ruled Spain must compensate a group of German investors for reforms to its renewable energy subsidy regime, while other disputes over the same measures have seen failed reconsideration requests and an unsuccessful enforcement bid in Colombia.

16 September 2022

Naftogaz brings ICC claim against Gazprom

Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz says it has launched an ICC claim against Gazprom over its failure to pay for gas transportation following the Russian invasion of the country.

12 September 2022

Hanefeld survives challenge over ties to expert

A Spanish electricity company has failed to disqualify German arbitrator Inka Hanefeld from chairing an ICSID claim against Argentina over her failure to disclose having sat on another panel with the state’s expert.

12 September 2022

French investor fails to revive award against Libya

The French Court of Cassation has upheld a decision to annul an ICC investment treaty award against Libya based on corruption allegations that were never raised in the arbitration.

09 September 2022

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