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Russia gets early hearing in Ukrainian vessels dispute

A tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has agreed to split proceedings filed over Russia’s detention of Ukrainian naval vessels in waters adjacent to Crimea so it can first determine whether it has jurisdiction to rule on a dispute involving “military activities”.

12 November 2020

Panels in place to hear Qatar's postal claims

Four tribunals are in place at the Permanent Court of Arbitration to hear claims by Qatar against its Middle Eastern neighbours over the suspension of postal services as part of their continuing blockade of the country.

15 September 2020

Palestine turns to PCA for tax claim against Israel

Palestine has asked the Permanent Court of Arbitration for help in appointing a five-person tribunal to hear a claim concerning more than US$6 billion in taxes it says Israel is withholding in violation of the Oslo Accords.

14 July 2020

Hague panel finds India cannot prosecute Italian marines

An arbitral tribunal in The Hague has ruled that India must cease to exercise criminal jurisdiction over two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen in the Indian Ocean eight years ago but that the state is entitled to compensation from Italy over the incident.

02 July 2020

ICC panel rules in Turkmen-Iranian gas dispute

Turkmenistan’s national gas company Turkmengaz has reportedly been awarded around US$2 billion in an ICC claim concerning payments for the supply of natural gas to Iran.

30 June 2020

Gazprom to pay out on billion-dollar gas price award

Russia’s Gazprom has agreed to repay US$1.5 billion to Poland’s state gas utility PGNiG to comply with an award in a gas price review arbitration but says it will continue with efforts to challenge the outcome in the Swedish courts as well as pursuing further price renegotiations.

15 June 2020

Vietnam weighs South China Sea claim

Vietnam is reportedly moving closer to launching an international arbitration against China over maritime rights in the South China Sea, as officials in Beijing continue to assert control in the disputed waters.

07 May 2020

Hague tribunal orders return of Iranian assets

The Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague has ruled in a long-running dispute over Iranian physical assets that were frozen during the 1979 hostage crisis – ordering the US to pay over US$29 million in damages to Iran and return several antique musical instruments including a Stradivarius.

16 March 2020

UN postal body delivers for Qatar

The Universal Postal Union has passed an “unprecedented” resolution urging its bureau to appoint tribunal chairs in four arbitrations filed by Qatar against its Middle Eastern neighbours, relating to the suspension of postal services as part of the continuing blockade in the Gulf.

02 March 2020

Ukraine's maritime claim against Russia to proceed

A tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has rejected the majority of Russia’s jurisdictional objections to a case brought by Ukraine over maritime rights around Crimea – but said it lacked authority to address claims implicating the sovereignty of the annexed territory.

24 February 2020

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