Jurisdiction

English High Court refuses stay of proceedings despite possible overlap with issues subjected to parallel ICC arbitration proceedings.

A consortium of construction companies (the Consortium) was unsuccessful in obtaining a stay of court proceedings pending before the English High Court (the Court), even though parallel related ICC arbitration proceedings are ongoing. The Court rejected the application for a … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration proceedings, Europe, Jurisdiction, Stays

Article: Paris Court of Appeal upholds UNCITRAL award in Ukraine v OAO Tatneft

Laurence Franc-Menget has published an article in the Revue de l’arbitrage, the journal of the Comité Français de l’arbitrage, discussing  the Paris Court of Appeal’s decision on an application by Ukraine to annul an $112 million UNCITRAL award against it … Continue reading

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Filed under Challenges to awards, Enforcement, Europe, Investment Arbitration, Jurisdiction

Sovereign immunity in the DIFC Court

Last week, the Dubai International Financial Centre Court issued its decision in Pearl Petroleum Company Limited & Others v The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. The Court upheld its earlier decision which recognised two LCIA arbitration awards totalling US$2 billion … Continue reading

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Filed under Awards, Challenges to awards, DIFC, Enforcement, Jurisdiction, Middle East, Sovereign Immunity

Tribunal des Conflits clears jurisdictional divergence between French Supreme Court and Conseil d’État regarding enforcement of awards rendered in connection with certain public law contracts

In Tribunal des Conflits, 24 April 2017, C4075, the Tribunal des Conflits considered whether the administrative or ordinary courts had jurisdiction to hear an application to enforce an arbitral award made in respect of disputes arising under two public services contracts.

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Filed under Enforcement, Enforcement - Europe, Europe, Jurisdiction

Should I stay or should I go? Singapore High Court declines to stay arbitration pending review of jurisdictional ruling

Overview In a recent ex tempore judgment in the case of Loblaw Companies Limited v Origin & Co Ltd & Another [2017] SGHC 59 ("Loblaw v Origin"), the Singapore High Court declined to exercise its discretion under s10(9) of the … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Court intervention, Jurisdiction, Stays

Astro prevails again against First Media (Lippo) in Hong Kong

In the long running Astro/First Media (also known as Lippo) enforcement dispute, First Media has failed to obtain leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong in respect of First Media's recent loss in the Court … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Challenges to awards, Enforcement, Hong Kong & China, Jurisdiction

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

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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Filed under Investment Arbitration, Jurisdiction, The Americas

Appointment of arbitrators: English Court grapples conflicting case law and clarifies relevant principles when asked to assist with appointments

In its decision in Silver Dry Bulk Company Limited v Homer Hulbert Maritime Company Limited [2017] EWHC 44 (Comm) the English Court has considered and clarified the principles which apply to an application under section 18 of the English Arbitration … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitrability, Arbitration Act 1996, Arbitration clauses, Arbitration proceedings, Arbitrators, Court intervention, EU, Europe, Jurisdiction

Australian Federal Court stays winding up application to allow arbitration of underlying dispute

The Federal Court of Australia has recently held that a winding up application made in respect of a joint venture company should be stayed and the substantive underlying matters of dispute between the joint venture parties be referred to arbitration … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitrability, Arbitration clauses, Arbitration laws, Australia, Jurisdiction, Stays, UNCITRAL Model Law