Work Area: State-to-state

Iran threatens Pakistan with claim over stalled pipeline

Iran has reportedly threatened to file for arbitration with Pakistan as it seeks to recover US$1.2 billion in penalty payments after a gas pipeline project was shelved.

28 February 2018

Iran and Turkmenistan gear up for gas dispute

Turkmenistan’s national gas company and its Iranian counterpart have instructed counsel as they prepare to face off in an ICC arbitration over an alleged €1.54 billion debt for gas deliveries.

30 January 2018

ICJ “moonlighters” exposed in report

UPDATED. At least seven current and 13 former ICJ judges have moonlighted as arbitrators in treaty-based investor state dispute settlement cases during their time on the bench according to a newly published study – threatening to undermine the court’s reputation “as the highest authority on public international law”.

27 November 2017

Hamburg body rules on maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire

In a case that began in arbitration, the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea has determined the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean and held that Ghana did not violate its neighbour state's sovereign rights by drilling in the disputed area. Will Thomas, Alexandra van der Meulen and Natasha McNamara of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer report on the judgment for GAR.

25 September 2017

Pakistan calls for arbitration of dispute over Kashmir dams

Pakistan has asked the World Bank to empanel an arbitration tribunal after talks failed to resolve its dispute with India over the compliance of two hydroelectric projects with the Indus Water Treaty.

19 September 2017

East Timor and Australia reach deal on maritime border

After talks under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, East Timor and Australia have reached a landmark agreement that promises to end a maritime boundary dispute affecting the fate of an estimated US$40 billion in oil and gas reserves.

04 September 2017

Tribunal rules on Croatia-Slovenia border

UPDATED. In a case that has been beset by difficulties, a Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal has ruled on a sea and land border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, defining the limits of their territorial waters for the first time and granting Slovenia direct access to the international waters beyond.

29 June 2017

Van Houtte quits Hague tribunal

Belgian arbitrator Hans van Houtte has resigned as president of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague after seven years in the role.

09 June 2017

Crimea waters case gets under way in The Hague

A politically-sensitive arbitration between Ukraine and Russia over potentially oil-rich waters adjacent to Crimea is under way in The Hague, heard by a five-member tribunal chaired by South Korean judge Jin-Hyuin Paik that was constituted in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea.

22 May 2017

East Timor ends PCA claims against Australia

East Timor has withdrawn two Permanent Court of Arbitration claims against Australia – including one involving allegations of espionage – as a conciliation aimed at resolving a maritime boundary dispute in the Timor Sea continues.

24 January 2017

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