Topic: Coronavirus

Tribunal refuses to suspend Bolivia claim over pandemic

A tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has refused to suspend an investment treaty claim against Bolivia after the state argued that the coronavirus pandemic had made work on its statement of defence “virtually impossible.”

30 April 2020

African body unveils pandemic protocol

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Africa Arbitration Academy has unveiled a protocol on virtual hearings in Africa, taking into account the specific challenges that may arise in that continent.

30 April 2020

What covid-19 means for Latin American arbitration

The coronavirus pandemic and accompanying economic and political crisis is creating challenges and opportunities for arbitration practitioners across Latin America says Aníbal Sabater, partner at Chaffetz Lindsey in New York – and could lead to something close to a revolution in the field of investment arbitration.

29 April 2020

Can arbitration rescue trials stalled due to covid-19?

With courts subject to state lockdowns owing to the coronavirus pandemic, barristers Gordon Nardell QC and Angharad Parry of Twenty Essex in London are working on a protocol whereby cases in England and Wales that have stalled can be heard in arbitration instead – and say there is no reason why the approach should not be extended to other jurisdictions.

28 April 2020

Pandemic sinks settlement of Egyptian gas plant dispute

A settlement agreed by Egypt earlier this year to satisfy a US$2 billion ICSID award has fallen through, with sources suggesting the coronavirus is to blame.

27 April 2020

SCC offers ad hoc platform for free during pandemic

In an initiative to support online administration of proceedings in challenging times, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce is offering its secure digital platform for communications and file sharing between tribunals and parties free of charge for ad hoc cases started during the coronavirus pandemic.

24 April 2020

Covid-19: participants in SIAC case share success of virtual hearing

After Doug Jones called for the arbitration community to exchange feedback on cases conducted remotely using technology during the coronavirus pandemic, participants in an international commercial case under SIAC rules have shared their experience of conducting a case using technology provided by Maxwell Chambers in Singapore.

23 April 2020

Covid-19: leading institutions speak with one voice

In a display of unity, leading arbitral institutions have published a joint message in response to the coronavirus pandemic, emphasising their commitment to working together to overcome challenges.

16 April 2020

ICC releases guidance to mitigate coronavirus delays

The ICC International Court of Arbitration has outlined measures that can be taken to mitigate the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic on arbitral proceedings.

13 April 2020

Peru warned of potential ICSID claims over covid-19 measures

Peruvian officials have warned that a proposed emergency measure suspending the collection of toll fees on the country’s road network in response to the outbreak of covid-19 could result in multiple ICSID claims.

09 April 2020

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