Work Area: State-to-state

Ukraine seeks order for release of vessels and crew

Ukraine has initiated arbitration against Russia over its continued detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 servicemen following an incident last year in waters adjacent to Crimea – and has asked an international court for provisional measures to ensure their immediate return.

18 April 2019

New phase of “gas wars” begins in Stockholm

A newly formed tribunal at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has begun hearing the latest iteration of a multibillion-dollar dispute between Ukraine’s Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom over long-term contracts for the supply and transit of gas.

31 January 2019

Naftogaz turns to US courts in battle with Gazprom

Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz has asked the US courts for help in obtaining information about Gazprom’s European assets in connection with its efforts to enforce a US$2.56 billion SCC award.

13 December 2018

Slovenia takes Croatia to European court over unimplemented border award

Details have emerged of an action brought by Slovenia against Croatia in the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to enforce an arbitral award resolving a land and sea border dispute between the two Balkan countries in light of an arbitrator’s conduct.

06 November 2018

Iran wins measures from ICJ over US sanctions

The International Court of Justice has issued provisional measures requiring the United States to ease some of the sanctions it imposed on Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal over the Iranian nuclear programme.

03 October 2018

China and Philippines negotiate over South China Sea

China and the Philippines are negotiating a deal to jointly exploit oil and gas in the disputed waters of the South China Sea – despite an arbitration award which rejected China’s claims to historic rights over the vast majority of the maritime territory.

12 September 2018

Tribunal to hear Russia’s objections in Crimea waters dispute

A tribunal constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has agreed to hear Russia’s preliminary jurisdictional objections to an arbitration with Ukraine over potentially hydrocarbon-rich waters adjacent to Crimea and other regions of Ukraine – including an argument that the dispute relates to sovereignty over annexed territory and not to the law of the sea.

31 August 2018

Qatar secures measures in ICJ case over blockade

International arbitration practitioners at Debevoise & Plimpton and Foley Hoag have helped Qatar secure provisional measures from the International Court of Justice – requiring the United Arab Emirates to ensure the reunification of Qatari nationals and their families, who have been separated as a result of a “discriminatory” blockade in the Gulf.

24 July 2018

Peace at last as Ethiopia accepts findings of boundary commission?

A protracted and bloody dispute over land between Ethiopia and Eritrea may be at an end after Ethiopia fully accepted the award of a boundary commission that operated under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

20 June 2018

Debevoise represents Qatar in case over blockade

UPDATED. International arbitration practitioners from Debevoise & Plimpton are representing Qatar in newly instituted International Court of Justice proceedings against the United Arab Emirates over alleged human rights violations arising from the “discriminatory” blockade in the Gulf – after an arbitration claim was threatened earlier this year.

13 June 2018

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