Public International Law

The new draft Dutch BIT: what does it mean for investor mailbox companies?

The Netherlands has released a new draft investment treaty for public comment (“Draft BIT“).  If adopted, the Draft BIT may raise questions about the Kingdom’s attractiveness for foreign investors who have long taken advantage of Dutch treaty protections by structuring … Continue reading

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Join us in Singapore to celebrate 60 years of the NY Convention

Enforcement of arbitration awards in SE Asia This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958, commonly referred to as the “New York Convention”.  As one of the most successful … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Awards, Enforcement, New York Convention, News, Public International Law, Singapore, South East Asia

Progress towards a Multilateral Investment Court? EU-momentum building and divisions in UNCITRAL Working Group III

In the past few years, discontent about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS, a recognised shorthand for ad hoc arbitration of investor-state disputes) has been fomenting in various parts of the world but nowhere more so than within the EU. The European … Continue reading

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Filed under CPTPP, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, News, Public International Law, Trade Agreements, Uncategorized

Upheaval and uncertainty in mineral regulation in parts of Africa: resurgence of resource nationalism highlights the importance of investment treaty protections

The last few months have seen significant changes to mining regulations in various African states, giving rise to a concern that a regional trend of resource nationalism may be (re-)emerging. In this context it is important for companies associated with … Continue reading

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The English court sets aside a Tribunal’s findings of lack of jurisdiction under a BIT

In a decision dated 2 March 2018 (the “Decision“), the English High Court has set aside parts of an award on jurisdiction (the “Award“) from a London-seated arbitration (the “Arbitration“) concerning claims brought by GPF GP S.a.r.l (“Griffin“) against Poland … Continue reading

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Filed under Awards, Challenges to awards, Court intervention, Investment Arbitration, Jurisdiction, Public International Law, Uncategorized

State-to-State dispute settlement under the EU’s draft Withdrawal Agreement: CJEU jurisdiction not arbitration

We have known for some time now that the UK and EU have very different views regarding the state-to-state dispute resolution mechanism to be contained in the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK. The EU has never made … Continue reading

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Inside Arbitration: Issue #5 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration. In addition to sharing knowledge and insights about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration laws, Arbitration proceedings, Asia, DIFC, Europe, Hong Kong & China, Interim relief, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Middle East, Procedures in arbitration, Public International Law, Publications and Guides, South East Asia

ITLOS rules in favour of Ghana in long-standing maritime dispute with Côte d’Ivoire

On 23 September 2017, a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered its judgment on the longstanding maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The Special Chamber reconfirmed the relevance of the … Continue reading

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Belgium asks for the CJEU’s opinion on the compatibility of the Investment Court System with European Law

On 6 September 2017 the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders submitted a request from Belgium to the Court of Justice of the European Union for an opinion on the compatibility of the Investment Court … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills launches blog series on NAFTA renegotiations

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of a new series of blog posts which will report on the latest developments in the NAFTA renegotiations. The series will run on our Public International Law Blog which provides analysis … Continue reading

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