Work Area: State-to-state

East Timor pipeline claim gets underway

As East Timor and Australia express “optimism” at the prospects of resolving their maritime boundary dispute through conciliation, a separate fight between the two states over pipeline taxes is getting underway at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

19 October 2016

The Sekolec scandal - a Croatian view of recent developments

LINK ADDED. While Croatia is declining to play any further part in a boundary dispute with Slovenia that was thrown off course by an arbitrator's ex parte communications with one side, an employee of the country's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has shared his views of the recent partial award issued by a recomposed tribunal.

03 October 2016

Australia fails to halt conciliation with East Timor

A commission at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled that it is competent to hear a compulsory conciliation proceeding launched by East Timor to resolve a maritime border dispute with Australia.

26 September 2016

Ukraine brings maritime claim against Russia

Ukraine has instructed Covington & Burling for an arbitration against Russia over potentially oil-rich waters adjacent to Crimea – as another investment treaty claim looms relating to the annexation of that territory.

23 September 2016

East Timor calls on Australia to negotiate sea border

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has been hosting a first-of-its-kind “compulsory conciliation” proceeding initiated by East Timor to resolve a maritime boundary dispute with Australia that touches on the fate of valuable oil and gas reserves.

13 September 2016

Malta wins claim over detained oil tanker

A tribunal in The Hague has ruled in favour of Malta in a claim against São Tomé and Príncipe over the detention of an oil tanker on smuggling charges.

12 September 2016

Uzbek state entities take Kyrgyzstan to ICSID

As Uzbekistan marks the end of the 25-year rule of its first president, four of its state entities have filed an ICSID claim against neighbouring Kyrgyzstan in a dispute over the management and operation of a tourist resort.

07 September 2016

US used arbitral settlement as “leverage” for prisoners

The settlement of a longstanding arbitral dispute between the United States and Iran over an aborted arms deal has become a contentious issue in the US presidential election, after the Obama administration admitted that a US$400 million payout to the Middle Eastern state was used as “leverage” to ensure the release of prisoners.

19 August 2016

Another Crimea panel in place at the PCA

An UNCITRAL tribunal has been formed to hear the first investment treaty claim by a Ukrainian state entity arising from Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, as hearings take place in similar cases brought by private investors at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

19 August 2016

Wood focuses on inter-state disputes in Lalive Lecture

The choice between arbitration and permanent courts to resolve the rising number of inter-state disputes was the subject of this year’s Lalive Lecture, delivered by Sir Michael Wood, the former principal legal adviser at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office who now practises from 20 Essex Street in London. Lalive associate Tessa Hayes reports.

12 August 2016

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