Premium article - November 26, 2012
Specialised master's degrees in international arbitration are multiplying at a dizzying rate - but how useful are they when it comes to finding a job in private practice? Sebastian Perry reports
Premium article - October 10, 2012
Ecuador made a last-ditch attempt to disqualify one of Occidental's expert witnesses on the ground that he was acting with the company's lead counsel in another case against the state, last week's ICSID award reveals. The state argued in November 2011 that the tribunal "should not give any credibility" to the expert evidence of Ecuadorean lawyer Hernán Pérez Loose, a partner at Coronel & Pérez in Guayaquil, because he had started working as co-counsel with David W Rivkin of Debevoise & Plimpton in...
Premium article - July 20, 2012
In an appeal from a Jersey court decision, the Privy Council has said the Democratic Republic of the Congo's state mining company is not liable for two arbitration awards against the government held by distressed debt or "vulture" fund FG Hemisphere.
Premium article - July 16, 2012
Ecuador's attempt to obtain a binding interpretation of its bilateral investment treaty with the US by means of state-to-state arbitration could have a destablilising effect on international investment law, according to the US's recently published jurisdictional objections.
Premium article - June 08, 2012
An ICSID tribunal has thrown out a mining company's DR-CAFTA claim against El Salvador but upheld its jurisdiction under a local investment law - after hearings in which a member of the state's legal team became a witness to accuse claimant's counsel of bad faith.
Premium article - May 10, 2012
GAR interviews Columbia Law School professor George Bermann about the growth in graduate courses on international arbitration, the demands of his role as chief reporter of the American Law Institute's Restatement, and the "cataclysmic" implications of the Chevron v Ecuador case.
Premium article - April 27, 2012
Three decades after it was set up to defuse the Iranian hostage crisis, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague is still arbitrating cases worth tens of billions of dollars. Sebastian Perry charts its impact on a generation of practitioners. Given the increasingly fractious relations between Washington and Tehran, the quiet longevity of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal is something of a marvel. For 31 years, a nine-member panel of US, Iranian and third-country arbitrators has resolved...
Premium article - March 16, 2012
The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea in Hamburg has become the first tribunal to delimit a maritime boundary in states' outer continental shelf area, in a dispute between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the oil and gas rich Bay of Bengal.
Premium article - March 02, 2012
Christopher Dugan, lead counsel in two pathbreaking NAFTA claims against the United States, has died after a long battle with cancer. Dugan - who was head of international arbitration at Paul Hastings in Washington, DC - passed away on 20 February, aged 63. He had been at the firm since 2003, having spent two decades at Jones Day in DC and Hong Kong. Although his practice also spanned international litigation and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, he was best known for his pioneering...