Topic: Russia-Ukraine conflict

Jones voices concern over “de-lawyering” of Russian parties

GAR Live Construction today heard Australian arbitrator Doug Jones AO express concern about the “de-lawyering” of Russian parties and what it means for the rule of law – with speakers also calling for the strengthening of human rights protections in construction projects.

31 March 2022

Resigning from Russian work: principled stand or public shaming?

A panel at Paris Arbitration Week considered the wave of counsel resignations from Russia-related work in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine, questioning whether those lawyers withdrawing are really taking a principled stand or have other motives.

29 March 2022

“Even pariahs have rights”: law firm can't drop sanctioned Russian client

A judge in the British Virgin Islands has refused to allow Ogier to cease acting for a Russian state-owned bank in a pending litigation despite the offshore firm’s concerns about reputational damage and the impact of sanctions.

25 March 2022

Nord Stream 2: sanctions against Russia and the potential for arbitration

Tomas Vail of Vail Dispute Resolution considers the potential investor-state arbitrations that may arise from the wave of sanctions imposed on Russia as well as its effects on commercial arbitrations.

23 March 2022

Quinn Emanuel advising Ukraine on human rights claim against Russia

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is advising Ukraine on a European Court of Human Rights claim against Russia over its “unprovoked, unjustified and unlawful acts of aggression”.

22 March 2022

A Peace Palace hearing shaken by war

GAR has heard how a hearing in a US$10 billion case brought by Ukraine’s national oil and gas company against Russia became a “surreal” experience when war broke out during the proceedings in the Peace Palace in The Hague, as Ukrainian participants were forced to walk and hitchhike into a warzone to protect their families.

21 March 2022

Herbert Smith Freehills withdraws from Nord Stream 2 case

After announcing it is ceasing all work associated with the Russian state, Herbert Smith Freehills has withdrawn as counsel to a Gazprom subsidiary in an US$8 billion Energy Charter Treaty claim against the European Union over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

18 March 2022

ICJ orders Russia to suspend military operations in Ukraine

The International Court of Justice has ordered Russia to immediately suspend military operations against Ukraine while it considers allegations they are in breach of a convention against genocide – with the Russian and Chinese judges on the court dissenting.

16 March 2022

Polish utility beats Gazprom set-aside bid

UPDATED: Gazprom has lost its Swedish court challenge to a gas price review award said to be worth US$1.5 billion in favour of Polish state utility PGNiG, as Orrick confirms it has ceased to act as counsel to the Russian state-owned company.

10 March 2022

US courts halt discovery against Ukraine

Two US district courts have agreed to suspend discovery proceedings brought by a Russian oil company seeking to collect on a US$173 million treaty award against Ukraine – after both sides requested a stay in light of Russia’s invasion of the country.

09 March 2022

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