Topic: Sovereign immunity

Dutch court sets aside Kazakh attachment ruling

The Dutch Supreme Court has set aside a decision upholding a US$5.2 billion attachment against Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund over an Energy Charter Treaty award – while several US hedge funds with an interest in the award face renewed fraud allegations.

08 January 2021

US court won’t enforce Iraqi oilfield award

A court in Washington, DC has refused to enforce an ICC award against an Iraqi state-owned oil company – ruling the entity was separate from the state and lacked commercial ties to the jurisdiction.

30 October 2020

Spain and France not immune from oil spill suits

The Commercial Court in London has ruled that Spain and France cannot invoke sovereign immunity to avoid litigation brought by an insurance club over the two states’ alleged failure to honour arbitral awards relating to an oil spill in the Atlantic 18 years ago.

24 July 2020

Nigeria to raise sovereign immunity as it resists mega-award

A US district court must first hear Nigeria’s sovereign immunity defence before ruling on an oil and gas company’s bid to enforce an almost US$10 billion award against the state, following a decision by an appeals court in Washington, DC.

22 June 2020

Spain solar awards enforced in Australia

An Australian court has enforced a pair of ICSID awards worth a combined €229 million plus interest in favour of European solar power investors against Spain, rejecting the state’s sovereign immunity defence.

24 February 2020

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