Investment Arbitration

Is the recently signed Morocco-Nigeria BIT a step towards a more balanced form of intra-African investor protection?

On 3 December 2016, Morocco and Nigeria signed a new bilateral investment treaty (the "BIT"), with the overarching aim of strengthening "the bonds of friendship and cooperation" between the two States.  The BIT (available here) is yet to be ratified … Continue reading

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The European Court of Justice renders its opinion on the EU-Singapore free trade agreement: investment chapter is not within EU’s exclusive competence

On 16 May, 2017 the European Court of Justice (the Court) rendered its Opinion on the competence of the European Union to conclude the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore. The Opinion recognises exclusive EU competence over most of the … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, EU, EU Law, Europe, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Public International Law, South East Asia

ICSID announces sixteen topics for consideration in its review of the ICSID Arbitration Rules

Following invitations to ICSID member States and the public to submit topics for potential review, ICSID has published a paper on the Rules Amendment Process. The paper lists sixteen topics which are to be canvassed in the next stage of … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration rules, Institutions, Investment Arbitration

Ecuador’s legislative branch approves termination of 12 Bilateral Investment Treaties

On 3 May 2017, Ecuador's Legislature approved the termination of 12 bilateral investment treaties ("BITs") entered into with China, Chile, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina, the U.S., Spain, Peru, Bolivia and Italy. This is not only consistent with Ecuador's … Continue reading

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ICSID issues first award involving China as Respondent, finding in host state’s favour

In an award dated 9 March 2017, the Tribunal in an ICSID arbitration between Korean investor Ansung Housing Co., Ltd and China dismissed all claims as time-barred. The Claimant's attempt to circumvent the limitation period by relying on the most … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, East Asia, Hong Kong & China, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Public International Law

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Response to EU Consultation: the Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

As discussed in our blog post here, on 21 December 2016 the EU Commission launched a public consultation on the multilateral reform of the investment dispute settlement system. The consultation closed on 15 March 2017 with a full report of the responses anticipated later … Continue reading

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Filed under Advice on State Contracts and Disputes, Arbitration proceedings, EU, Europe, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, News, Trade Agreements

High Court confirms UNCITRAL Tribunal Award on jurisdiction

The High Court has confirmed an UNCITRAL Tribunal's Award on Jurisdiction, which rejected jurisdiction under an investment contract (Contract) and the 1994 Kazakh Law on Foreign Investment (FIL). The Court placed particular emphasis on expert evidence of the principles of … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitrability, Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration clauses, Investment Arbitration, Jurisdiction

Mixed messages to investors as India quietly terminates bilateral investment treaties with 58 countries

The Government of India says it has sent notices to terminate bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with 58 countries, including 22 EU countries.  It has been reported that many of these BITs will cease to apply to new investments from as … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, India, Investment Arbitration, Trade Agreements

Urbaser v. Argentina and Burlington v. Ecuador: Investment arbitration is not over the counterclaims yet

Two recent decisions by tribunals have advanced the body of tribunal practice considering the issue of counterclaims by respondent states in investment treaty arbitration: Burlington Resources Inc. v. Ecuador, in which the tribunal awarded damages against the investor for breach … Continue reading

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SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced the release of its Investment Arbitration Rules (the Rules), which came into force on 1 January 2017.  This release follows the earlier public consultation in February 2016, when practitioners were invited by … Continue reading

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