Topic: Public international law

Croatia declares win in real estate dispute

UPDATED WITH CAST LIST: Croatia says it has defeated a €230 million claim brought by a Canadian real estate investor who sought to invoke a treaty on issues of state succession – as the state gears up for a new arbitration with Hungarian oil and gas group MOL.

17 November 2022

Ukraine pushes for war claims commission

Ukraine is petitioning the United Nations to create a commission to resolve claims against Russia for financial damages arising out of the war – amid speculation that some US$300 billion in frozen Russian central bank assets could be targeted for enforcement.

10 October 2022

Amirfar on ordering a disordered world

Debevoise & Plimpton partner Catherine Amirfar used a keynote address at GAR Live Vienna to defend international law’s role in "ordering a disordered world” – arguing that while it is no panacea as the war in Ukraine illustrates, we shouldn’t lose sight of its importance in maintaining peace and security.

01 June 2022

Yusuf: why international law matters

In the first McNair Lecture in London, Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf of the International Court of Justice explained why international law matters, highlighting its impact on daily life, and arguing that is no longer true that "in times of war, law falls silent".

26 May 2022

Quinn Emanuel advising Ukraine on human rights claim against Russia

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is advising Ukraine on a European Court of Human Rights claim against Russia over its “unprovoked, unjustified and unlawful acts of aggression”.

22 March 2022

ICJ orders Russia to suspend military operations in Ukraine

The International Court of Justice has ordered Russia to immediately suspend military operations against Ukraine while it considers allegations they are in breach of a convention against genocide – with the Russian and Chinese judges on the court dissenting.

16 March 2022

New study examines tension between ECT and climate law

States’ obligations under the Energy Charter Treaty are potentially in conflict with those under international climate law, and arbitrators may have to integrate the two or decide that “one trumps the other”, according to a new study.

14 March 2022

Ukraine instructs Covington for ICJ claim against Russia

Ukraine has retained Covington & Burling as it launches a new claim at the International Court of Justice accusing Russia of using false claims of “genocide” to justify its invasion of the country.

28 February 2022

The Escazú Agreement: internationalising environmental matters and sustainable rights

Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid, Kate Lomas and Angela Antoniou of Eversheds Sutherland report on a recently concluded Latin American regional treaty addressing environmental protections and the rights of environmental defenders, and providing for state-to-state arbitration over compliance with its terms.

15 February 2022

Sands slams exclusion of amici from NAFTA case

Philippe Sands QC has criticised his co-arbitrators' refusal to allow two groups to make amicus curiae submissions in a NAFTA dispute over a Mexican seabed mining project, saying the move ignores “legitimacy concerns” about the process and “local community interests”.

11 February 2022

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