Topic: Environmental disputes

European exodus from the ECT: politics and unintended consequences

Guillermo Garcia-Perrote and Ella Wisniewski of Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia consider the politics and unintended consequences of the recent exodus of European states from the Energy Charter Treaty and ask what it means for the transition from fossil fuel. 

15 November 2022

Germany latest to quit ECT

Germany’s ruling coalition has decided to withdraw the country from the Energy Charter Treaty, while saying it will ratify the EU-Canada trade agreement known as CETA.

11 November 2022

Ecuador lodges further appeal over Chevron award

Ecuador has appealed to the Dutch Supreme Court to challenge an investment treaty award that held the state liable for a denial of justice in a US$9.5 billion environmental dispute with US oil company Chevron.

11 October 2022

Chinese mining investor brings claim against Ecuador

A Chinese mining company that says it lost control over a gold and silver project in Ecuador after it was invaded by activists has made good on its threat to file an investment treaty claim.

06 October 2022

Ukraine war will fuel energy disputes, hears GAR Live

A panel at GAR Live Energy Disputes in Edinburgh considered the increasingly volatile global energy market resulting from the war in Ukraine, including the resurgence of fossil fuel and potential investment treaty claims.

29 September 2022

How Italy’s ban on offshore drilling fell foul of the Energy Charter Treaty

EXCLUSIVE: GAR unpacks how Italy’s decision to ban offshore drilling near its coastline led to the state being ordered to pay more than €190 million plus interest to a UK company for breaching the Energy Charter Treaty.

26 August 2022

Ecuador fails in renewed bid to overturn Chevron award

A Dutch appeal court has dismissed Ecuador’s renewed bid to overturn a treaty award holding it liable for a denial of justice in its US$9.5 billion dispute with US oil company Chevron over pollution in the Amazon.

30 June 2022

GAR Live Miami: has the ESG era already begun?

The era of ESG is here already and will be a “future battleground for disputes”, the Latin Lawyer and GAR Live Arbitration Summit in Miami heard this week.

27 May 2022

Study finds green transition could prompt US$340 billion in ISDS claims

Government action to stop global warming could trigger more than US$340 billion in claims from oil and gas investors, according to a new study calling for an “abolitionist approach” to investment treaties.

10 May 2022

Kyrgyzstan reaches deal to end gold mine dispute

Kyrgyzstan has reached an agreement with Canadian mining company Centerra Gold that paves the way for the parties to settle an UNCITRAL dispute over the state’s seizure of one of the largest gold mines in central Asia.

04 April 2022

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