Oil and Gas Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region

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The increased use of arbitration by parties in the Asia-Pacific region1 has been a consistent trend over the past decade, and shows no sign of declining. For example, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) recently announced that it administered an all-time record number of 452 new cases in 2017, up 32 per cent from 343 new cases in 2016 and a 67 per cent increase from the 271 new cases filed in 2015.2 The Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) also administered its all-time high of 2,298 new domestic and foreign-related cases in 2017, up from only 981 cases in 2006.3 The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) had a total of 460 new cases filed in 2016;4 of these new cases, 262 were arbitrations, 15 were mediations and 183 were domain name disputes.5

The importance of the oil and gas sector to the Asia-Pacific economies cannot be understated.6 It is therefore unsurprising that oil and gas arbitrations have continued to increase in both prominence and frequency.

Disputes arising out of the oil and gas sector, which is often characterised by large, complex and capital-intensive ventures involving participants from multiple jurisdictions, are particularly suitable for international arbitration. Indeed, in a survey by the Queen Mary University of London, 56 per cent of energy industry respondents preferred arbitration as a choice of resolving cross border disputes, and 78 per cent of energy industry respondents strongly agree or agree that arbitration is well suited to the energy industry.7

The Asia-Pacific region’s share of global energy consumption is expected to rise to 49 per cent – or almost half of global consumption – by 2040.8 These dramatic increases in commercial and economic activity in the oil and gas sector portend an even greater role for international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region.

The types of interests that may give rise to arbitration in the oil and gas sector are diverse, and vary within the region. Japan, South Korea, China (including Taiwan) and India accounted for 69 per cent of global liquefied natural gas (LNG) net imports in 2016, with Japan alone accounting for 32 per cent of global net imports.9 Australia, Malaysia, India and Indonesia, along with China, are the largest oil and gas producers in the Asia-Pacific region.10 Jurisdictions such as Timor Leste, Vietnam and the Philippines have significant amounts of unexplored oil and gas resources that are more recently being commercialised.

Although it is difficult to generalise about the varied contracts, practices and legal frameworks pertaining to oil and gas across the Asia-Pacific region, a few emerging trends can be identified. This article examines these trends and considers possible future directions for oil and gas arbitrations in the region.

Current trends

Enhancing the appeal of international arbitration

Several jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region have taken steps to make themselves more attractive to arbitration generally and oil and gas arbitration in particular. These have taken the form of institutional developments and legislative changes.

Institutional developments

Australia has introduced innovations specific to the oil and gas sector. In November 2014, the Perth Centre for Energy and Resources Arbitration (PCERA) was launched. As a specialised energy and resources arbitral institution with a dedicated panel of expert arbitrators, PCERA is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.11 In August 2017, PCERA published the PCERA Arbitration Rules 2017, which are based expressly on a modified version of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Many institutions in the region have made changes that are designed to improve arbitration generally, but which will also, have a positive effect on oil and gas arbitrations. For example, the SIAC most recently revised its rules in 2016. A number of amendments will enhance the utility and attractiveness of the SIAC Rules to the oil and gas sector, including:

    • the early dismissal of claims and defences procedure;
    • provisions regarding joinder of additional parties and consolidation of multiple arbitrations; and
    • further refinements to the existing emergency arbitrator and expedited arbitration procedures.12

Given that oil and gas disputes often involve multiple contracts and multiple parties, joining relevant parties or consolidating the dispute in a single arbitral forum will result in a more efficient resolution of the dispute, if it is fair and appropriate to do so. Disputing parties will also benefit from the enhancements made by the SIAC to its emergency arbitrator mechanism, which allows parties to obtain expedited interim relief before the constitution of the tribunal within 14 days,13 and to the expedited procedure, which allows parties to obtain an award within six months of the constitution of the tribunal.14

The SIAC has also released its first set of investment arbitration rules (SIAC IA Rules), which came into effect on 1 January 2017.15 The SIAC IA Rules were developed with a view towards issues ‘unique to international investment arbitration’.16 Some of the key provisions under the SIAC IA Rules include:

  • a default list procedure for the appointment of the sole or presiding arbitrator;
  • an opt-in mechanism for the appointment of an emergency arbitrator;
  • a procedure for early dismissal of claims and defences;
  • provisions for submissions by non-disputing parties; and
  • provisions to enable the tribunal to order the disclosure of third-party funding arrangements and to take such arrangements into account when apportioning costs.17

More recently, the SIAC proposed an innovative cross-institution consolidation protocol,18 which is designed to facilitate the consolidation of international commercial disputes across multiple institutions. Such consolidation is currently not possible under the leading institutional arbitration rules. The SIAC has prepared a memorandum discussing the protocol for cross-institution consolidation,19 and is in the process of engaging with other arbitral institutions and the arbitration community on the protocol.

There is a degree of convergence among the rules of the leading centres in the Asia-Pacific region. The HKIAC revised its rules in 2013, and the latest version of the HKIAC Rules also include comprehensive provisions dealing with multiple contracts, joinder and consolidation, emergency interim relief and expedited procedures.20 CIETAC also revised its rules in 2015, and the revised rules also have provisions on multiple contracts, joinder and consolidation, and emergency interim relief and expedited procedures.21 In addition, on 1 October 2017, CIETAC has also released the International Investment Arbitration Rules (CIETAC IA Rules), the first set of investment arbitration rules promulgated by a Chinese arbitration institution.22

In April 2016, India set up the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA), its first home-grown international arbitration centre.23 The MCIA Rules, like the other leading rules in the region, have provisions dealing with multiple contracts, joinder and consolidation, emergency interim relief and expedited procedures.

Legislative changes

Singapore and Hong Kong have periodically made refinements to their legal frameworks for arbitration to ensure that they remain ahead of latest developments in the field. Most recently, in 2017, both Singapore and Hong Kong took legislative steps to permit third party funding. Singapore introduced amendments to the Civil Law Act with effect from 1 March 2017 that abolished the common law torts of champerty and maintenance, and also provided that third party funding is not contrary to public policy or illegal when it is provided by qualifying funders in prescribed dispute resolution proceedings, details of which are set out in the Civil Law (Third Party Funding) Regulations 2017 (Regulations).24

In June 2017, Hong Kong passed the Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 to permit third-party funding. Unlike Singapore, Hong Kong does not mandate third-party funders to adhere to particular regulations. Hong Kong also adopted a broader definition of ‘third-party funder’ that is not limited to professional funders and includes any ‘person who is a party to a funding agreement . . . and who does not have an interest recognised by the law in the arbitration other than under the funding agreement’.25 This would include lawyers and law firms (save for lawyers and law firms acting for a party in the arbitral proceedings).

These changes will provide additional options to arbitration users in the oil and gas sector in terms of funding their claims (although users should be aware that public policy issues may still arise if third party funding is prohibited in a jurisdiction where enforcement may be sought).

In 2015, Australia also made changes to its arbitration legislation that will have positive consequences for energy arbitrations. Notably, the amended International Arbitration Act now provides that arbitrations seated in Australia are presumptively confidential, subject to a number of limited exceptions, namely consent, third-party rights, enforcement of awards, public interest and natural justice.26 Confidentiality can be very important for the oil and gas industry, especially as highly valuable and proprietary information may be at stake, particularly in upstream exploration and appraisal ventures.

India has made significant strides to improve its reputation as a venue for arbitration, including revisions to its legal framework for arbitration through the 2015 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act which came into force on 23 October 2015.27 The key reforms made by the new act include:

  • that the provisions on court-ordered interim relief and court assistance in the taking of evidence would, subject to contrary agreement, apply to arbitrations seated outside India – a lacuna left by the much-criticised Balco decision;28
  • strict time limits for an arbitral tribunal seated in India to render a final award;29 and
  • limitations on the scope of ‘public policy’ as a ground for refusing enforcement of awards.30

Many of these changes are in line with modern arbitration practice (although some, such as the time limits, have been criticised) and, along with the introduction of the MCIA, will give India greater prominence as a potential seat for arbitration.

China is also continually improving its arbitration legal framework. Under Chinese law, before a lower court refuses recognition or enforcement of a foreign-related or foreign arbitration award, such decision has to be reported to the Supreme People’s Court (SPC).31 In 2017, the SPC released two judicial interpretations on arbitration (the Interpretations).32 The Interpretations extend the SPC reporting system to domestic arbitral awards, permit parties to participate in the decision-making of the reviewing court and clarify the approach the SPC will take with respect to the law governing the arbitration agreement (which will not necessarily be the law governing the underlying contract).33

Arbitrations involving states or state-linked parties

Oil and gas resources often take on a strategic, security or geopolitical significance for a state. The state is the resource-owner under the law for most countries in the region.34 Producing states are thus key players in the oil and gas industry, and may take on a commercial interest in a particular oil and gas venture or contract, or exercise certain regulatory and control functions that affect a particular venture or contract. States can participate in a venture or contract in one or more of a variety of ways:

  • they may participate through an oil and gas ministry or some type of government agency;
  • they may participate through a national oil and gas company; or
  • they may regulate through hydrocarbon laws, regulations or policies.35

Oil and gas arbitrations therefore frequently involve states or state-linked parties. These can include commercial arbitrations arising out of various contracts between private parties and states or state-linked parties, and also arbitrations under investment treaties.

Commercial arbitrations

States or their national oil companies are typically parties to upstream agreements granting private oil and gas companies the rights to certain oil and gas interests. These may take the form of a concession agreement, a licence agreement, a production sharing agreement or a service agreement. They may also take the form of a hybrid agreement that combines elements of the different types of granting agreements. In general, since the 1970s, the oil and gas industry has shifted from concession agreements, under which the state granted title over the resource to private companies, to production sharing agreements or service agreements, under which the state retains ownership over the resources but grants a private company the right to participate as an investor or a producer.36

Under a production sharing agreement, which is the most commonly encountered type of granting agreement, the investor takes on exploration and other risks in the venture, but has an entitlement to recover costs and share in the production as profit, once operations become commercial. Indonesia, in fact, introduced production sharing agreements in the 1960s.37 Production sharing agreements are now found across the Asia-Pacific region, including in Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.38

Disputes that may arise under production sharing agreements include disputes regarding:

  • the recovery of costs and accounting procedure under the agreement;
  • the extent and nature of rights granted under the contract;
  • non-payment of invoices or royalties;
  • prices or price adjustments; and
  • delays, disruptions or force majeure.

The nature and complexity of such disputes varies, and depend on factors such as the scale and complexity of the project, the parties involved and the political environment.

A large proportion of oil and gas arbitrations in the region have arisen out of production-sharing and other granting agreements – India has reportedly been involved in arbitrations relating to 22 out of its 310 production sharing agreements in the last 15 years.39 Some arbitrations are illustrative of the range of issues that might be encountered. In November 2011, Reliance Industries filed a notice of arbitration against India regarding a dispute arising out of the cost recovery provisions its production sharing agreement over the KG-DG offshore gas block in the Bay of Bengal, which it operates in a joint venture with the Indian government, BP and Niko Resources, a Canadian company.40 Reliance Industries then filed another claim together with BP and Niko Resources in 2014 under the same agreement relating to the Indian government’s delay in implementing a price hike for natural gas.41 This claim was later withdrawn.42 In November 2016, Reliance Industries began yet another arbitration under the same agreement after India imposed a US$1.55 billion fine on Reliance Industries and its partners for extracting certain gas that had migrated to the KG-D6 block from adjacent blocks owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC).43

Many oil and gas arbitrations in the region or involving parties from the region arise out of joint venture agreements as well. In June 2016, Sinopec, China’s state-owned energy company, filed a US$5.5 billion claim against Repsol in Singapore over an investment in an ailing North Sea oil joint venture.44 In March 2017, PetroChina and five other Chinese state-owned oil companies submitted to arbitration under the AAA Rules a dispute over oil and gas fields in Chad against Carlton, a Texas energy investments company.45 This reflects a marked shift away from the reluctance that Chinese state-owned companies have sometimes had in the past to invoke formal dispute resolution procedures. In May 2017, MedocEnergi, an Indonesian oil company, won a US$24 million UNCITRAL award in a dispute with Singaporean and Australian partners arising out of a joint venture to operate the Jeruk oil field off the coast of East Java.46

Investment treaty arbitrations

A significant number of oil and gas disputes in the Asia-Pacific region have also been submitted to arbitration under various investment treaties. Such treaties frequently provide for commitments by host states to certain standards of conduct with respect to the treatment of foreign investments, and for the states’ consent that breaches of such standards may be submitted to arbitration. Countries in Asia are party to more than 1,200 bilateral investment treaties (BITs) or investment agreements, many of which provide for the arbitration of investment disputes.47

A number of multilateral treaties that cover the region, including the 2009 ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), also provide for arbitration. The status and effect of the TPP is unclear in light of the current US administration’s withdrawal by executive order in January 2017; however, talks are reportedly under way between the other TPP signatories, China, and South Korea to revive the deal in a different form.48 Based on public statements by its foreign minister, China appears open to exploring the TPP, alongside other multilateral treaties that it is seeking to negotiate with trade partners in the Asia-Pacific, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).49

A substantial number of investment treaty arbitrations involving states in the Asia-Pacific region have related to oil and gas disputes. A large proportion of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitrations involving parties from the region have been related to the oil and gas sector. As of October 2016, out of the 46 ICSID cases involving a state from the South and East Asia and the Pacific, 45 per cent concerned the oil, gas and mining sector.50 A significant number of non-ICSID investment treaty arbitrations also relate to the oil and gas sector.

Given the complexity and variety of the security and political environments in which many oil and gas ventures operate, a wide range of different issues can give rise to investment treaty arbitration. For example, expropriation claims of various descriptions – whether framed as lawful or unlawful, direct or indirect – are not uncommon in the oil and gas sector. In 2016, a UNCITRAL tribunal dismissed two treaty claims brought by Progas Holdings, a Mauritian entity and its British-Iraqi shareholder against Pakistan for alleged expropriation of an LPG terminal in Port Qasim, Karachi.51 The awards are being challenged before the English court for an application to set aside filed by the investors.52

Retroactive taxation claims and other regulatory actions by governments also frequently give rise to investment treaty disputes. In March 2015, Cairn Energy, a Scottish oil company, initiated UNCITRAL arbitration against India under the UK-India bilateral investment treaty, alleging that India’s demands for US$1.6 billion in retroactive taxes against its Indian subsidiary, as well as India’s restrictions preventing Cairn from selling its remaining 10 per cent stake in its subsidiary, are in breach of the treaty.53 In May 2015, Hanocal Holding and IPIC International, Dutch subsidiaries of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), initiated ICSID arbitration for retroactive tax levied on the sale of a controlling stake in Hyundai Oilbank, which is a Korean petroleum and refining company.54 More recently, in July 2016, Royal Dutch Shell initiated ICSID arbitration against the Philippines for US$1.1 billion in retroactive tax bills levied by the Philippines auditing commission on the gas produced from the Philippines’ first natural gas field in Malampaya.55 Samsung filed an ICSID claim against Oman, under the Oman-Korean bilateral investment treaty, in relation to a bidding process held by the state to find a contractor to undertake improvements to the Sohar refinery in northern Oman in 2015. The case has settled earlier in 2018.56

Investment treaty arbitration has also been subject to criticism in recent years, and the response of some states in the region has been to terminate or seek to renegotiate its bilateral investment treaties. As at March 2017, India notified 58 countries, including 22 EU countries, of its intention to terminate its BITs.57 India has announced that it intends to replace those treaties by negotiating a new set of treaties based on the new Indian Model BIT, which it published in 2015.58 It has been reported earlier this year that the new model treaty, in particular the arbitration clause requiring investors to resolve the dispute in Indian courts for at least five years before going for arbitration, has not been well received.59

Indonesia also announced at the end of 2014 that it would formally phase out its 67 BITs, and has proceeded to terminate a number of such treaties in accordance with that announcement.60 There have been indications that Indonesia plans to negotiate new treaties on different terms, although reports are not conclusive. For treaties that have been terminated or are about to be terminated, investments made prior to the expiry of the treaties should continue to enjoy protection under ‘survival’ or ‘sunset’ clauses for up to 15 years.61 Indeed, in August 2016, Oleovest, a Singapore-based subsidiary of an Australian renewable energy company, initiated ICSID arbitration against Indonesia under the Singapore-Indonesia bilateral investment treaty with respect to a palm oil oleochemical project in Sumatra. The treaty had lapsed in June 2016, but the relevant treaty contains a survival clause protecting existing investments for 10 years after June 2016.62

Future directions

Price movements and volatility

Price movements in oil and gas markets are a key driver of change in the industry. They are also a driver of disputes. Parties to energy-related contracts that were formed and negotiated in a different price environment may find themselves or their counterparts tied to agreements that are no longer as profitable as had been anticipated. Further exploration, appraisal or development of existing oil and gas assets may proceed on a slower and more conservative timescale. Parties may seek to get out of, or revise, a bad bargain. All of this can give rise to disputes – indeed, the recent low price environment has reportedly given rise to a number of disputes arising out of unpaid invoices or cost overruns, or the suspension, renegotiation or cancellation of oil exploration and drilling obligations.63

Price movements will continue to be volatile and difficult to predict. Future upward movements in oil and gas prices, or regional divergences in prices creating arbitrage opportunities, will very likely fuel an increase in disputes. Indeed, a study done by Chatham House shows a correlation between the oil and gas price level and the number of arbitrations – in other words, the highest incidence of arbitrations took place during the oil and commodity price boom from 2002–2008.64

Because gas is often sold in large volumes under 20-to-35-year long-term gas supply and purchase agreements, price movements and volatility often lead to very large and complex gas pricing disputes. In particular, many such contracts include a price review or price adjustment clause, which permits parties to revise the price formulae under their contract if a certain set of contractually defined criteria are satisfied.65

In Europe, various factors and developments have contributed to a proliferation of gas price arbitrations in the last decade involving disputes over the applicability and mechanics of such price review clauses. Commentators attribute this increase to the development of competitive natural gas markets and liquid gas hubs in some parts of Europe, leading to a mismatch between spot prices for gas and the prices paid under long-term gas supply contracts that predate those developments, which tend to be linked to oil and alternative fuels.66 Another driver of the increase in such disputes has been the oversupply of natural gas due to the development of shale gas in the US and China, and increased LNG imports from the Middle East and North Africa, which has led to a further divergence in the price-setting mechanisms in the oil and gas markets.67

Perhaps surprisingly, such gas price arbitrations have not been as common in the Asia-Pacific region – even though regional developments, including the dramatic spike in demand for LNG after the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident, have contributed to the increase in gas pricing disputes in Europe.68 One commentator’s review of public LNG disputes found that, out of 72 LNG disputes observed globally since 2010, there have been no reports of arbitrations brought by a Japanese, Chinese or Korean LNG buyer (even though Japan, China and South Korea together account for more than half of global LNG imports).69

Recently, in February 2018, Korea Gas Corporation, a South Korean state-owned entity, brought a gas price review arbitration against the Australia’s North West Shelf joint venture under supply contract that ended in 2016.70 It remains to be seen whether this is an isolated example or the first of a series of gas price review claims akin to the spate of such claims that has recently been seen in Europe.

Not much information is publicly available on the price revision mechanisms in gas or LNG supply and purchase agreements. However, commentators point to anecdotal evidence that long-term contracts in the Asia-Pacific region are traditionally set on the basis of Japan Customs-cleared Crude (JCC) prices and contain vague price review clauses that do not always provide for price revision through arbitration.71 There are also suggestions that Asian market participants prefer to negotiate rather than arbitrate price adjustment issues.72

However, more recent reports suggest that regional participants are now more seriously considering drafting or relying on gas price review mechanisms in their long-term contracts, in part because of a growing divergence between sellers’ and buyers’ positions. This will increasingly be the case as the JCC prices compete with the development of emerging gas trading markets in Singapore and Shanghai,73 which may develop in the future into gas hubs and a reference point for gas pricing. The European experience with liberalisation of gas markets and the emergence of gas hubs, and its impact on market behaviour and gas price reviews, suggests that gas price arbitrations will be a potential growth area for the future in the Asia-Pacific region.74

One important difference with Europe, however, is that the Asia-Pacific is not a single market, and does not have a coordinating political, legal or regulatory mechanism like the European Commission that can establish standards across-the-board for third-party access to infrastructure or to regulate anticompetitive contracting behaviour.75 This means that the development of a regional gas hub may take a longer time than it did in Europe.

Other LNG disputes

The Asia-Pacific region has been referred to as the ‘backbone’ of the global LNG market,76 and it alone accounts for over two-thirds of the global LNG growth.77 In 2016, 53.6 per cent of global supply of LNG went to Asia,78 and as mentioned above, Japan, South Korea, and China are the world’s top three LNG importers.79 As noted by one commentator, the ‘largest global trade flow route continues to be Intra-Pacific trade, a trend which is poised to continue as that basin posted the largest gains in both supply and demand by region.’80 In the future, some commentators have predicted that, as result of increasing demand from Australia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, the demand for LNG in the region is expected to be double or more by 2030.81

Besides the gas price review issues referred to above, there are other issues specific to LNG ventures and contracts that can give rise to disputes. In particular, unlike pipeline gas, LNG can be transported and delivered to destinations other than those specified in the parties’ contract, and can also be re-exported after it is delivered. This creates opportunities for market participants to create additional value by sending LNG cargoes to a destination that has a higher price, which can give rise to disputes. For example, disputes have arisen out of destination restrictions or diversion provisions in LNG contracts, including whether a seller is entitled to refuse a diversion proposal, or whether and how profits on diverted cargoes are to be shared.82

As noted above, there is very little public information on LNG-related arbitrations involving parties from the Asia-Pacific region, and the anecdotal evidence suggests that parties have so far tended to avoid litigating or arbitrating disputes under such contracts. However, as LNG markets continue to mature in the Asia-Pacific, and with trading volumes continue to increase, it is likely that more of such disputes will arise in the future.

Another area to watch is LNG-related construction disputes. Australia currently has almost A$200 billion of LNG-related construction projects underway, which is part of a plan for Australia to overtake Qatar as the world’s biggest LNG exporter by 2018.83 However, the rush to build up Australia’s LNG industry has also led to cost overruns of almost US$50 billion at multiple facilities operated by major oil and gas companies.84 Along with other factors, this has predictably led to a number of LNG-related construction disputes being submitted to arbitration. For example, in September 2016, Chevron initiated UNCITRAL arbitration in Perth against CPB Contractors, an Australian construction company, and Saipem, its Italian counterpart, regarding a disputed request for US$1.5 billion in extra costs for constructing a jetty for the LNG project.85

State-to-state arbitration disputes

As energy and resource security becomes an increasing concern for states in the Asia-Pacific region – which is likely given volatile energy prices and the reliance of China, Japan and South Korea on oil and gas imports86 – there may also be more state-to-state arbitrations that are related to the oil and gas sector.

State-to-state disputes can arise out of oil and gas resources that straddle contested state boundaries. For example, in 2009 the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague administered an UNCITRAL arbitration between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army and the government of Sudan regarding the contested borders of the Abyei region, which is located within the Muglad Basin and contains a number of oil and gas subsurface resources.87 Similar disputes have arisen regarding land boundaries in the Asia-Pacific, most notably in the Kashmir region where Pakistan, India and China have all put forward competing claims,88 although such claims have not been submitted to arbitration.

Similar disputes can also arise out of oil and gas resources that straddle maritime boundaries or exclusive economic zones. In July 2016, a five-member PCA tribunal constituted under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) rejected territorial claims by China in the South China Sea, with respect to the status of the Scarborough Shoal, Itu Aba and certain features in the Spratly Islands.89 China has however consistently rejected the legitimacy of the PCA award, on the basis that territorial questions are not subject to UNCLOS,90 and rather than comply with the award, China has instead stepped up its construction activities and presence in the South China sea.91 This goes to show how delicate and politically sensitive these boundary issues can be – and illustrates some of the limitations of the arbitration process in resolving such disputes.

Disputes could also arise out of agreements to share revenue between States. One example is the dispute between Australia and Timor Leste regarding a controversial Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS) treaty that sets out a method for dividing revenue from the very large and potentially lucrative Greater Sunrise oil and gas reserve.92 CMATS split revenues on a 50-50 basis and imposed a 50-year moratorium on Timor Leste pursuing maritime boundary negotiations or claims. Timor Leste sought to terminate the CMATS.93

In September 2016, a five-member commission at the PCA found that it had jurisdiction to hear a compulsory conciliation proceeding under UNCLOS Annex V involving Australia and Timor Leste, which would require Australia to negotiate with Timor Leste regarding a permanent maritime boundary (Australia had expressly excluded disputes relating to sea boundary delimitation from compulsory arbitration and judicial settlement in 2002).94

After negotiations, Timor Leste and Australia reached an agreement on 30 August 2017 in Copenhagen on the ‘central elements’ of a permanent maritime boundary in the Timor Sea – ending a maritime boundary dispute affecting the fate of an estimated US$40 billion in oil and gas reserves. The agreement also addresses the legal status of the Greater Sunrise gas field located in the disputed waters and the establishment of a ‘special regime’ for the development of the field and the sharing of revenues.95 The treaty was signed on 6 March 2018.96

The UNCLOS Annex 5 conciliation proceedings were the first of their kind. It remains to be seen how such procedures will be employed in future state-to-state disputes.


1 The exact periphery of what constitutes the ‘Asia-Pacific region’ is difficult to define with precision, and depends in part on context. For example, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum includes Canada, Chile, Russia, Mexico, Peru and the US. For the purposes of this article, these countries are not treated as falling within the ‘Asia-Pacific region.’

2 See SIAC, 2017 Annual Report, at p. 13, available at http://siac.org.sg/images/stories/articles/annual_report/SIAC_Annual_Report_2017.pdf.

3 CIETAC, Statistics, available at http://cietac.org/index.php?m=Page&a=index&id=24.

4 At the time of publication of this article, HKIAC has not yet released its 2017 statistics.

5 HKIAC, Statistics, available at http://www.hkiac.org/about-us/statistics.

6 Based on 2016 data, Asia-Pacific, as a region, is the biggest consumer of oil. Asia-Pacific’s oil consumption represented 34.8 per cent of the global consumption. The region’s oil consumption growth is also the highest at 3.3 per cent. Asia-Pacific consumes over one fifth (20.4 per cent) of the world’s natural gas. On the production side, Asia-Pacific’s natural gas production growth rate in 2016 (2.9 per cent) was only second to the Middle East. See BP, Statistical Review of World Energy June 2017, available at https://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/en/corporate/pdf/energy-economics/statistical-review-2017/bp-statistical-review-of-world-energy-2017-full-report.pdf, at pp 15, 26, 27.

7 Queen Mary University of London, Corporate choices in International Arbitration Industry Perspectives, at p 2, available at http://www.arbitration.qmul.ac.uk/docs/123282.pdf; see also International Centre for Energy Arbitration, Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector: Initial Report (2015), available at http://www.scottisharbitrationcentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ICEA-Dispute-Resolution-in-the-Energy-Sector-Initial-Report-Square-Booklet-Web-version.pdf, at pp 3 and 8.

8 BP Energy Outlook 2018, at p 121, available at https://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/en/corporate/pdf/energy-economics/energy-outlook/bp-energy-outlook-2018.pdf.

9 H Oghigian, L Henneberry, J Jones, ‘LNG Contracts in the Asia-Pacific Region: Disputes on The Horizon?’, (2017) OGEL 4.

10 See BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2017, available at https://www.bp.com/content/dam/bp/en/corporate/pdf/energy-economics/statistical-review-2017/bp-statistical-review-of-world-energy-2017-full-report.pdf, at pp 14, 28.

11 A Van Der Walt, P Wiese and D Jasmat, Australia, ‘Will Australia’s first dedicated Energy and Resources Arbitration Centre meet the needs of industry?’, dated March 2015, available at www.mondaq.com/australia/x/382996/Will+Australias+first+dedicated+Energy+and+Resources+Arbitration+Centre+meet+the+needs+of+indus.

12 See G Born, J Lim and D Prasad, 2016 SIAC Rules, International Arbitration Alert, dated 29 July 2016, available at https://www.wilmerhale.com/uploadedFiles/Shared_Content/Editorial/Publications/WH_Publications/Client_Alert_PDfs/2016-07-29-2016-SIAC-Rules.pdf.

13 See 2016 SIAC Rules, schedule 1.

14 See 2016 SIAC Rules, rule 5.

15 See 2017 SIAC IA Rules, available at, www.siac.org.sg/our-rules/rules/siac-ia-rules-2017.

16 2017 SIAC IA Rules, available at, www.siac.org.sg/our-rules/rules/siac-ia-rules-2017.

17 News, ‘SIAC unveils investment arbitration offering’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 3 January 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1079293/siac-unveils-investment-arbitration-offering.

18 Proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation, http://siac.org.sg/69-siac-news/551-proposal-on-cross-institution-consolidation-protocol.

19 SIAC, Memorandum Regarding Proposal on Cross-Institution Consolidation Protocol, available at http://siac.org.sg/images/stories/press_release/2017/Memorandum%20on%20Cross-Institutional%20Consolidation%20(with%20%20annexes).pdf.

20 2013 HKIAC Rules.

21 2015 CIETAC Rules; J Tao and M Zhong, ‘A Quick Read of the CIETAC Arbitration Rules’ 2015, 31 Arb. Intl. 2015, 455.

22 CIETAC IA Rules, available at http://www.cietac.org/index.php?m=Article&a=show&id=15199&l=en; see also J Fei, A Crockett and P Chen, Facilitating the Belt and Road, ‘CIETAC Launches Investment Arbitration Rules’, dated 4 December 2017, available at www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/latest-thinking/facilitating-the-belt-and-road-cietac-launches-investment-arbitration-rules.

23 See A Ross, ‘Home-grown centre to launch in Mumbai’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 8 April 2016, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1035436/home-grown-centre-to-launch-in-mumbai.

24 See I Rajah, ‘Third Party Funding – Reinforcing Singapore As A Premier International Dispute Resolution Centre’, dated 24 January 2017, available at http://www.singaporelawwatch.sg/slw/attachments/95687/Indranee%20Rajah%20Note%20on%20Third-party%20Funding.pdf.

25 Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance (Cap 609), section 98J(1); cf Singapore Civil Law (Third-Party Funding) Regulations 2017, section 4; Singapore Civil Law Act, section 5B(8); see also J D’Agostino, B Young and M Wallace, ‘Hong Kong Allows Third Party Funding for Arbitration and Mediation’, dated 14 June 2017, available at hsfnotes.com/arbitration/2017/06/14/hong-kong-allows-third-party-funding-for-arbitration-and-mediation/.

26 Australian International Arbitration Act 1974, sections 23D, 23G, available at www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016C00083.

27 See J Rahman and D Prasad, Indian Parliament Enacts Revisions to the 1996 Arbitration Act, dated 14 January 2016, available at www.wilmerhale.com/pages/publicationsandnewsdetail.aspx?NewsPubId=17179880410.

28 Bharat Aluminium Co & ors v Kaiser Aluminium Technical Service, Inc (2012) 9 SCC 552; Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 2015, section 2(2).

29 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 2015, section 29A.

30 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 2015, sections 34(2)(b) and 48(2)(b).

33 K Sanger, J Fei and B Young, SPC Publishes new Judicial Interpretations on Arbitration, available at https://hsfnotes.com/arbitration/2018/01/10/spc-publishes-new-judicial-interpretations-on-arbitration/.

34 D Bishop, E Roche and S McBrearty, ‘The Breadth and Complexity of the International Energy Industry’, in J.W. Rowley et al. (eds.), The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (2nd. ed, 2017), Global Arbitration Review, 1, at p 2 (‘Most countries follow the regalian or dominial systems regarding ownership of subsurface minerals. Under these systems, subsurface minerals belong to, or are controlled by, the sovereign.’).

35 D Bishop, E Roche and S McBrearty, ‘The Breadth and Complexity of the International Energy Industry’, in JW Rowley et al. (eds.), The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (2nd ed, 2017), Global Arbitration Review, 1, at p 6.

36 D Bishop, E Roche and S McBrearty, ‘The Breadth and Complexity of the International Energy Industry’, in JW Rowley et al (eds), The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (2nd ed, 2017), Global Arbitration Review, 1, at p 6.

37 C Duval, International Petroleum Exploration and Exploitation Agreements: Legal, Economic & Policy Aspects, 2009, 69; K Bindemann, Production-Sharing Agreements: An Economic Analysis, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, October 1999, at p 10.

38 K Bindemann, Production-Sharing Agreements: An Economic Analysis, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, October 1999, at p 63.

39 ‘Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s written reply’, Energy World, Economic Times, dated April 2015, available at http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/oil-and-gas/310-production-sharing-contracts-have-attracted-22-arbitration-cases-dharmendra-pradhan-tells-lok-sabha/46988403.

40 K Karadelis, ‘Reliance tackles India over gas field cost recovery’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 5 December 2011, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1030829/reliance-tackles-india-over-gas-field-cost-recovery.

41 GAR, ‘India faces new claim over gas pricing delay’, 12 May 2014, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1033385/india-faces-new-claim-over-gas-pricing-delay.

42 D Thomson, ‘BP and Reliance withdraw claim against India’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 23 June 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1143456/bp-and-reliance-withdraw-claim-against-india.

43 T Jones, ‘Reliance threatens India claim over billion-dollar fine,’ Global Arbitration Review, dated November 2016, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1072591/reliance-threatens-india-claim-over-billion-dollar-fine.

44 D Thomas, ‘Sinopec takes on Repsol over North Sea oil investment’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 17 June 2016, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1036415/sinopec-takes-on-repsol-over-north-sea-oil-investment.

45 L Yong, ‘PetroChina submits to arbitration after five-year battle’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 22 March 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1138499/petrochina-submits-to-arbitration-after-five-year-battle; L Yong, ‘PetroChina affirms consent to arbitrate Chad oil dispute – but with a footnote’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 21 April 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1139900/petrochina-affirms-consent-to-arbitrate-chad-oil-dispute-–-but-with-a-footnote.

46 T Jones, ‘Indonesian company wins dispute over oil field joint venture’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 26 May 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1142086/indonesian-company-wins-dispute-over-oil-field-joint-venture.

47 See S Hamanaka, A’sian Noodle Bowl of International Investment Agreements (IIAs)’, Presentation to the ARTNeT Conference, dated 10 December 2013, available at http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/pari-shintaro.pdf; UNCTAD International Investment Agreements Navigator, available at http://investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org/IIA.

48 See A Panda, ‘TPP Signatories to Meet in Chile to Explore the Future of the Agreement’, The Diplomat, dated 13 March 2017, available at http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/tpp-signatories-to-meet-in-chile-to-explore-the-future-of-the-agreement/.

49 See Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi: Speed up RCEP Negotiation and March toward the FTAAP, dated 7 February 2017, available at www.fmprc.gov.cn/ce/cggb/eng//xwdt/t1437162.htm.

50 ICSID, ICSID Caseload – Statistics, Special Focus: South & East Asia & the Pacific, dated October 2016, available at https://icsid.worldbank.org/en/Documents/resources/ICSID%20Web%20Stats%20Asia%20Statistics%20Oct%202016.pdf, at p 19.

51 D Thomson, ‘Pakistan defeats treaty claims over gas terminal’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 1 September 2016, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1067803/pakistan-defeats-treaty-claims-over-gas-terminal.

52 J Hepburn, ‘English Court Orders Security for Costs Against Claimants in set-aside proceedings funded by Burford Capital, but Declines Security over Still-Unpaid Adverse Costs order in Underlying Arbitration’, IA Reporter, dated 12 February 2018, available at www.iareporter.com/articles/english-court-orders-security-for-costs-against-claimants-in-set-aside-proceedings-funded-by-burford-capital-but-declines-security-over-still-unpaid-adverse-costs-order-in-underlying-arbitration/.

53 D Thomson, ‘A tax claim against Modi’s India?’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 11 March 2015, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1034289/a-tax-claim-against-modi%E2%80%99s-india.

54 L Yong, ‘New ICSID claim against South Korea’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 22 May 2015, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1034478/new-icsid-claim-against-south-korea.

55 L Yong, ‘Shell takes on Philippines over back taxes’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 22 July 2016, available http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1067235/shell-takes-on-philippines-over-back-taxes.

56 T Jones, ‘Samsung and Oman settle ICSID dispute’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 22 January 2018, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1152959/samsung-and-oman-settle-icsid-dispute.

57 N Peacock and N Joseph, ‘Mixed Message to investors as India Quietly Terminates Bilateral Investment Treaties with 58 Countries’, dated 16 March 2017, available at https://hsfnotes.com/arbitration/2017/03/16/mixed-messages-to-investors-as-india-quietly-terminates-bilateral-investment-treaties-with-58-countries/.

58 See K Singh and B Ilge, ‘India overhauls its investment treaty regime’, Financial Times, dated 15 July 2016, available at http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2016/07/15/india-overhauls-its-investment-treaty-regime/.

59 Reuters, ‘India’s proposed investment treaty terms leave foreign partners cold’, dated 19 January 2018, available at www.reuters.com/article/india-investment-treaty/indias-proposed-investment-treaty-terms-leave-foreign-partners-cold-idUSL4N1P72N1.

60 See A Crockett, ‘Indonesia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties: Between Generations?’, 30 ICSID Rev. 2, 2015, 437.

61 See A Crockett, ‘Indonesia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties: Between Generations?’, 30 ICSID Rev. 2, 2015, 437, at p 438.

62 J Hepburn, ‘Palm Oil Company Sees BIT Claim Registered Against Indonesia at ICSID’, IA Reporter, dated 11 August 2016.

63 See also R King, ‘Disputes arising from oil price decline’, Globe Law and Business, dated 1 April 2015, available at www.globelawandbusiness.com/blog/disputes-arising-from-oil-price-decline.

64 P Stevens, J Kooroshy, G Lahn and B Lee, ‘Conflict and Coexistence in the Extractive Industries’, Chatham House Report, dated November 2013, available at https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/public/Research/Energy%2C%20Environment%20and%20Development/chr_coc1113.pdf.

65 J Trenor and A Holloway, Gas Price Disputes under Long-Term Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements, in D Schwartz (ed.), The Energy Regulation and Markets Review, 2016, 32, at p 35.

66 J Trenor and A Holloway, ‘Gas Price Disputes under Long-Term Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements’, in D Schwartz (ed.), The Energy Regulation and Markets Review, 2016, 32, at pp 37-38; S Sarzana, ‘The rise of price revision arbitrations’, dated 31 October 2012, available at www.cdr-news.com/categories/uk/european-energy-disputes:-the-rise-of-price-revision-arbitrations; also see GAR, ‘Gas Price reviews: Is arbitration the problem?’, dated 6 March 2014, available at https://www.blplaw.com/expert-legal-insights/articles/gas-price-reviews-is-arbitration-the-problem; also see J Baily and R Lidgate, ‘LNG price reviews: a sign of the times’, J World Energy Law Bus (2014) 7 (2): 140-152.

67 S Sarzana, ‘The rise of price revision arbitrations’, dated 31 October 2012, available at www.cdr-news.com/categories/uk/european-energy-disputes:-the-rise-of-price-revision-arbitrations; also see GAR, ‘Gas Price reviews: Is arbitration the problem?’, dated 6 March 2014, available at https://www.blplaw.com/expert-legal-insights/articles/gas-price-reviews-is-arbitration-the-problem; also see J Baily and R Lidgate, ‘LNG price reviews: a sign of the times’, J World Energy Law Bus (2014) 7 (2): 140-152.

68 J Trenor and A Holloway, ‘Gas Price Disputes under Long-Term Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements’, in D Schwartz (ed), The Energy Regulation and Markets Review, 2016, 32, at p 38.

69 P Weems, ‘A Look Inside the Recent Rise in LNG Disputes’, Law360, dated 4 August 2016, available at www.law360.com/internationalarbitration/articles/823081/a-look-inside-the-recent-rise-in-lng-disputes.

70 T Jones, ‘Korean buyer brings gas pricing claim against Australian supplier’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 14 February 2018, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1159042/korean-buyer-brings-gas-pricing-claim-against-australian-supplier.

71 K Yafimava, ‘Outlook for the Long Term Contracts in a Globalizing Market’, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, dated 19 January 2014, available at https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/energy/se/pp/geg/gif5_19Jan2015/s1_1_Yafimava.pdf, at p 18.

72 P Weems, ‘A Look Inside the Recent Rise in LNG Disputes’, Law360, dated 4 August 2016, (‘More than a dozen “disputes” did not result in any litigation or arbitration, as the parties found a way to renegotiate their agreements or otherwise work out their serious commercial issues . . . most of those settled “disputes” involved Asian parties or claims under construction contracts (particularly for recent Australian projects’), available at www.law360.com/internationalarbitration/articles/823081/a-look-inside-the-recent-rise-in-lng-disputes.

73 See GAR, ‘Singapore: Are Asia’s LNG players heading for a contractual train wreck?’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 4 November 2015, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1034880/singapore-are-asias-lng-players-heading-for-a-contractual-train-wreck; Gaffney, ‘Cline & Associates, All Change for LNG! The Energy Market Reform train Arrives in Japan’, dated 14 July 2015, available at http://gaffney-cline-focus.com/all-change-for-lng-the-energy-market-reform-train-arrives-in-japan.

74 G MacLaren et al, ‘Recent moves towards gas trading hubs in Asia: implications for Asian gas buyers and sellers’, dated 27 May 2016, available at http://knowledge.freshfields.com/m/Global/r/1524/recent_moves_towards_gas_trading_hubs_in_asia.

75 See G MacLaren et al, ‘Recent moves towards gas trading hubs in Asia: implications for Asian gas buyers and sellers’, dated 27 May 2016, available at http://knowledge.freshfields.com/m/Global/r/1524/recent_moves_towards_gas_trading_hubs_in_asia.

76 Ernst & Young, ‘Global LNG: New pricing ahead? LNG demand growth’, available at http://www.ey.com/gl/en/industries/oil---gas/global-lng--new-pricing-ahead---lng-demand-growth.

77 ExxonMobil, The Outlook for Energy - Asia Pacific demand drives LNG trade, available at http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/energy/energy-outlook/charts-2017/asia-pacific-demand-drives-lng-trade; also see T Daiss, ‘New LNG Supply to Create Structural Changes in Asia-Pacific Gas Market’, dated 14 December 2015, available at http://www.downstreamtoday.com/news/article.aspx?a_id=50308; also see T Daiss, OPEC/Russia Oil Deal Pushes Up Asian Natural Gas Prices, dated 10 December 2016, available at https://www.forbes.com/sites/timdaiss/2016/12/10/opec-russian-oil-cut-deal-pushes-up-asian-natural-gas-prices/#2d0a855d6a92.

78 International Gas Union, 2017 World LNG Report, at p 11, available at http://www.igu.org/news/igu-releases-2017-world-lng-report.

79 S Xunpeng, The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Natural Gas and the Implications for the Asia-Pacific, dated 2016, available at http://www.nbr.org/downloads/pdfs/eta/PES_2016_working_paper_shi.pdf, at p 3.

80 International Gas Union, 2017 World LNG Report, at p 13, available at http://www.igu.org/news/igu-releases-2017-world-lng-report.

81 A Corbeau and D. Ledesma (eds), LNG Market in Transition: The Great Reconfiguration, 2016, p 385.

82 S Finizio, ‘Destination Restrictions and Diversion Provisions in LNG Sale and Purchase Agreements’, in JW Rowley et al (eds), The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (2nd ed, 2017), Global Arbitration Review, 194, at pp 202-204.

83 See J Smyth, Inpex’s $37 billion Australia LNG project hit by dispute, Financial Times, dated 15 March 2017, available at https://www.ft.com/content/81b47a4e-0928-11e7-97d1-5e720a26771b.

84 See J Smyth, ‘Cost overruns near $50 billion as Australia’s LNG boom falters’, Financial Times, dated 31 October 2016, available at www.ft.com/content/29667e96-9f15-11e6-891e-abe238dee8e2.

85 See B Button-Stephens, ‘Chevron stay upheld in LNG jetty dispute’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 21 March 2017, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1138487/chevron-stay-upheld-in-lng-jetty-dispute.

86 M Herberg, ‘The Role of Energy in Disputes over the South China Sea’, Maritime Awareness Project, dated 28 June 2016, available at http://maritimeawarenessproject.org/2016/06/28/the-role-of-energy-in-disputes-over-the-south-china-sea/.

87 F Baetens and R Yotova, ‘The Abyei Arbitration: A Model Procedure for Intra-State Dispute Settlement in Resource-Rich Conflict Areas?’, Goettingen Journal of International Law 3 (2011) 1, 417–446, available at http://www.gojil.eu/issues/31/31_article_baetens_yotova.pdf, at p 419.

88 See ‘India, Pakistani and Chinese border disputes: Fantasy frontiers’, The Economist, dated 8 February 2012, available at www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/05/indian_pakistani_and_chinese_border_disputes.

89 Award, The Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China, PCA Case 2013-19, dated 12 July 2016, available at http://res.cloudinary.com/lbresearch/image/upload/v1468332901/PH-CN-20160712-Award_hp4h85.pdf.

90 GAR, ‘China rejects UNCLOS award’, dated 12 July 2016, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1067170/china-rejects-unclos-award/.

91 O Holmes and T Phillips, ‘South China Sea dispute: what you need to know about The Hague court ruling’, dated 12 July 2016, available at https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/jul/12/south-china-sea-dispute-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-hague-court-ruling.

92 B Doherty, ‘Australia and Timor-Leste to negotiate permanent maritime boundary’, dated 9 January 2017, available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/09/australia-and-timor-leste-to-negotiate-permanent-maritime-boundary.

93 B Doherty, ‘Timor-Leste drops espionage claims against Australia in maritime border dispute’, dated 24 January 2017, available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/24/timor-leste-drops-espionage-claims-against-australia-in-maritime-border-dispute; T Jones and S Perry, ‘East Timor and Australia to tear up oil and gas treaty’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 10 January 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1079859/east-timor-and-australia-to-tear-up-oil-and-gas-treaty.

94 T Jones, ‘Australia fails to halt conciliation with East Timor’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 26 September 2016, available at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1068790/australia-fails-to-halt-conciliation-with-east-timor.

95 L Yong, ‘East Timor and Australia reach deal on maritime border, Global Arbitration Review, dated 4 September 2017, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1147052/east-timor-and-australia-reach-deal-on-maritime-border.

96 L Young, ‘Australia and East Timor sign treaty on maritime border’, Global Arbitration Review, dated 6 March 2018, available at https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1166345/australia-and-east-timor-sign-treaty-on-maritime-border.

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