Topic: Russia-Ukraine conflict

EU confirms arbitration carve-out in sanctions regime

Arbitral institutions have welcomed a clarification by the European Union that transactions with Russian state-owned entities are exempt from its sanctions regime where they are strictly necessary to ensure access to arbitral proceedings.

26 July 2022

Uniper to withdraw ECT claim as part of German bailout

Uniper says it has agreed to withdraw a controversial Energy Charter Treaty claim against the Netherlands over climate change legislation as a condition of a €15 billion bailout from the German government, as the company struggles to cope with the steep drop in supplies of Russian gas.

25 July 2022

Russia loses challenge over lack of “reputable” counsel

Russia has failed to disqualify a tribunal hearing a Crimea-related treaty claim that refused to grant a six-month stay after the state’s counsel resigned, despite its argument that no new “reputable or experienced” representatives were immediately available.

22 July 2022

Russian state entity plans claim over Finnish nuclear project

Russian state entity Rosatom is preparing to launch an arbitration against a Finnish company that cited the war in Ukraine when it terminated a contract for work on a €7 billion nuclear power plant project.

22 July 2022

Russian and Ukrainian football clubs take FIFA to CAS

Football clubs in Russia and Ukraine are united in anger at FIFA’s decision to allow their foreign players to suspend their contracts and leave in light of the war between the two countries, with teams from each filing claims at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

21 July 2022

Russia fails to quash jurisdictional awards in Crimea cases

UPDATED: A Dutch court has affirmed the jurisdiction of four UNCITRAL tribunals to hear Ukrainian investors’ treaty claims against Russia over assets in Crimea, including a US$10 billion claim by Naftogaz and others linked to oligarch Igor Kolomoisky.

19 July 2022

CAS upholds Russian football bans

Russian football’s governing body and four clubs have lost appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport over their exclusion from international competitions including the forthcoming World Cup as a result of the war in Ukraine.

19 July 2022

Belarus urged to free arbitrator detained over support for Ukraine

Belarusian authorities are facing calls to release arbitrator Aliaksandr Danilevich, who has been detained for the past two months after co-signing a statement calling for an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

15 July 2022

Ukraine’s claim against Russia over detained vessels clears hurdle

UPDATED: A United Nations tribunal says it will hear Ukraine’s claim against Russia over three Ukrainian naval vessels and their servicemen that were detained in waters adjacent to Crimea four years ago.

30 June 2022

Ex-Ivanyan lawyer heads to Omnia

James Dingley has joined the partnership at Omnia Strategy, the London disputes boutique founded by Cherie Blair QC, following his departure from Ivanyan and Partners in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

16 June 2022

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