Topic: Arbitrator challenges

Repsol fails to overturn Sinopec awards in Singapore

A Singapore court has upheld a pair of SIAC awards that found Repsol liable for fraud in a US$5 billion dispute with China’s Sinopec, while refusing to disqualify the presiding arbitrator over his role on a Chinese court-appointed expert panel.

02 February 2023

Iranian state entity fails to unseat panel in US$32 billion case

The National Iranian Oil Company has failed to disqualify three arbitrators from a US$32 billion case over their refusal to reschedule a hearing despite the unavailability of the state entity’s senior lead counsel.

31 January 2023

Poncet survives challenge in ICSID revision proceeding

Albania has failed to disqualify Charles Poncet from hearing its bid to revise a €110 million ICSID award based on the Swiss arbitrator being the only original member of the tribunal available to hear the request.

05 December 2022

"The usual suspects": survey looks at arbitrator selection

Cortex Capital, a consultancy that applies psychology and neuroscience to business and law, is inviting arbitration users to take part in a survey about their decision-making when selecting arbitrators.

23 November 2022

Latvia fights ECT claim after dislodging arbitrator

Latvia has revealed it is facing an Energy Charter Treaty claim from a renewables investor, after successfully challenging the claimant’s original pick as arbitrator because of her counsel work in other cases.

31 October 2022

Albania challenges Poncet in ICSID revision proceeding

Albania has sought to disqualify Swiss arbitrator Charles Poncet from hearing its bid to revise a €110 million ICSID award on the basis that the other two members of the original tribunal are unavailable.

28 October 2022

Spain fails to dislodge ICSID panel over procedural decisions

Spain has failed to disqualify three ICSID arbitrators hearing a claim by German renewables investors after arguing they showed bias through different treatment of the parties’ experts and their decision to hold a virtual hearing.

20 October 2022

UK judge rejects apparent bias challenge in power dispute

A UK judge has refused to disqualify three arbitrators from a US$500 million power supply dispute that has led to allegations of fraud, while taking issue with the view that the UNCITRAL rules permit interim remedies to be granted in the form of an award.

18 October 2022

Peter removed from Venezuela panel

Venezuela has successfully challenged Wolfgang Peter as arbitrator in an investment treaty case after raising concerns he could be influenced by the views of his Peter & Kim colleague Pierre Tercier in a similar dispute.

12 October 2022

Venezuela fails to disqualify “corrupted” Conoco panel members

Venezuela has failed to disqualify two members of an ICSID committee hearing its bid to overturn a US$9 billion award won by ConocoPhillips, after Ian Binnie KC found no substance to allegations that the pair and the proceeding as a whole had been “corrupted” by departing panellist Kevin Kim.

28 September 2022

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