Work Area: State-to-state

UN committee upholds jurisdiction over Qatar discrimination claims

Leading arbitration practitioners will fight two ground breaking human rights cases after a United Nations committee agreed to hear complaints brought by Qatar against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over their blockade of the country – which it says violates a treaty against racial discrimination.

04 September 2019

Iran denied interest on ICC award because of EU sanctions

An English court has ruled that a UK government-owned supplier of military vehicles is not liable to pay interest on a £128 million award in favour of Iran’s Ministry of Defence that has accrued while it has been subject to EU sanctions.

25 July 2019

Switzerland must post security for release of vessel and crew

A UN court in Hamburg has ruled that Switzerland must post a bond of US$14 million to secure the immediate release of an oil tanker and four of its crew detained by the Nigerian navy more than a year ago, until an arbitral tribunal decides whether their detention violated the law of the sea.

12 July 2019

ICJ rejects UAE’s bid for measures against Qatar

The International Court of Justice has rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for provisional measures pending a ruling on whether its blockade of Qatar is in breach of a treaty against racial discrimination.

17 June 2019

Russia challenges Crimea awards and changes strategy

Russia has applied to the Swiss courts to annul a pair of investment treaty awards in favour of Ukrainian investors who had their assets seized in Crimea – as the state announces it has reversed its policy of not participating in arbitrations arising from its annexation of the territory five years ago.

06 June 2019

Russia ordered to release Ukrainian vessels and crew

A UN court has ordered Russia to release three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 servicemen that were detained last year in waters adjacent to Crimea – as Ukraine pursues an arbitration over their seizure.

28 May 2019

Switzerland seeks release of vessel and crew from Nigeria

The Swiss government has applied to a UN court in Hamburg for provisional measures in support of an arbitration against Nigeria to secure the release of a gas oil tanker and its crew that were seized by the west African state’s navy more than a year ago.

23 May 2019

Ukraine seeks order for release of vessels and crew

Ukraine has initiated arbitration against Russia over its continued detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 servicemen following an incident last year in waters adjacent to Crimea – and has asked an international court for provisional measures to ensure their immediate return.

18 April 2019

New phase of “gas wars” begins in Stockholm

A newly formed tribunal at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has begun hearing the latest iteration of a multibillion-dollar dispute between Ukraine’s Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom over long-term contracts for the supply and transit of gas.

31 January 2019

Naftogaz turns to US courts in battle with Gazprom

Ukraine’s national oil and gas company Naftogaz has asked the US courts for help in obtaining information about Gazprom’s European assets in connection with its efforts to enforce a US$2.56 billion SCC award.

13 December 2018

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