Work Area: State-to-state

Hamburg body rules on maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire

In a case that began in arbitration, the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea has determined the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean and held that Ghana did not violate its neighbour state's sovereign rights by drilling in the disputed area. Will Thomas, Alexandra van der Meulen and Natasha McNamara of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer report on the judgment for GAR.

25 September 2017

Pakistan calls for arbitration of dispute over Kashmir dams

Pakistan has asked the World Bank to empanel an arbitration tribunal after talks failed to resolve its dispute with India over the compliance of two hydroelectric projects with the Indus Water Treaty.

19 September 2017

East Timor and Australia reach deal on maritime border

After talks under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, East Timor and Australia have reached a landmark agreement that promises to end a maritime boundary dispute affecting the fate of an estimated US$40 billion in oil and gas reserves.

04 September 2017

Tribunal rules on Croatia-Slovenia border

UPDATED. In a case that has been beset by difficulties, a Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal has ruled on a sea and land border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, defining the limits of their territorial waters for the first time and granting Slovenia direct access to the international waters beyond.

29 June 2017

Van Houtte quits Hague tribunal

Belgian arbitrator Hans van Houtte has resigned as president of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague after seven years in the role.

09 June 2017

Crimea waters case gets under way in The Hague

A politically-sensitive arbitration between Ukraine and Russia over potentially oil-rich waters adjacent to Crimea is under way in The Hague, heard by a five-member tribunal chaired by South Korean judge Jin-Hyuin Paik that was constituted in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea.

22 May 2017

East Timor ends PCA claims against Australia

East Timor has withdrawn two Permanent Court of Arbitration claims against Australia – including one involving allegations of espionage – as a conciliation aimed at resolving a maritime boundary dispute in the Timor Sea continues.

24 January 2017

East Timor and Australia to tear up oil and gas treaty

East Timor is to terminate a treaty with Australia governing the exploitation of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, potentially paving the way for the settlement of a maritime boundary dispute that has spawned espionage allegations and multiple proceedings in The Hague.

10 January 2017

Bulgaria pays Russia to end nuclear dispute

Bulgaria’s national electricity company NEK has paid €602 million to a Russian state-owned entity to honour an ICC award, ending a politically sensitive dispute over a nuclear power plant that also gave rise to the threat of an investment treaty claim.

09 December 2016

Turkey and Iran see end to gas price review

An ICC tribunal has granted Turkish state pipeline company BOTAŞ a retroactive cut in the price of gas from Iran worth several billion dollars while ordering it to pay part of the Iranian side’s legal and arbitration costs.

22 November 2016

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