Investment Arbitration

Advocate General issues opinion that the EU does not have exclusive competence to conclude the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

In an opinion issued on 21 December 2016, EU Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC has concluded that the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) will need to be finalised by the European Union and the Member States acting jointly, i.e. entered … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Brexit, Europe, Investment Arbitration, ISDS, Public International Law, South East Asia, Trade law, Treaty negotiation, interpretation and impact

Arbitration and intra-EU BITs – German Bundesgerichtshof weighs in on the discussion

In its decision of 3 March 2016 (I ZB 2/15), published on 11 May 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice ("BGH") announced that it would request the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") to make a preliminary … Continue reading

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Video post in “Observations on Arbitration” series: “An introduction to the Fair & Equitable Treatment Standard”

In this video post in the “Observations on Arbitration” series, Christian Leathley provides an Introduction to the Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET) Standard in investment arbitration. Christian discusses the circumstances in which the FET standard has been applied, and the key elements … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills secures victory for Kingdom of Spain in investor-state arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has helped secure a victory for the Kingdom of Spain in an investor-state arbitration under the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce rules commenced by two European investors Charanne B.V. (Netherlands) and Construction Investments S.à.r.l. (Luxembourg). The disputes concerned … Continue reading

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Filed under Europe, Investment Arbitration, News, Public International Law, Spain

The ICSID Convention enters into force in Iraq

The ICSID Convention entered into force in Iraq on 17 December 2015.  This comes after Iraq signed the ICSID Convention and deposited its instrument of ratification on 17 November 2015 to become the Convention's 160th signatory State. In a climate … Continue reading

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Filed under Investment Arbitration, Iraq, News

ICSID issues Practice Notes for Respondents in ICSID Arbitration aimed at helping states avoid investment disputes and demystifying ICSID procedure

ICSID has published Practice Notes for Respondents in ICSID Arbitration (the "Notes"), a 31 page practical guidance note on ICSID arbitration brought under the ICSID Convention or the ICSID Additional Facility Rules. The Notes aim to answer the questions most … Continue reading

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Filed under Advice on State Contracts and Disputes, Investment Arbitration, Public International Law, State Contracts, Stabilization Clauses and Disputes

UNCITRAL Transparency Rules applied for the first time in investor-State arbitration

Iberdrola, S.A. and Iberdrola Energia. S.A.U. v. Bolivia (PCA Case No. 2015-05) is the first case to apply the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration ("Rules on Transparency").  On 7 August 2015, the arbitral tribunal issued the first … Continue reading

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ICSID Publishes Annual Report for FY 2015 and Latest Caseload Statistics

The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") has recently published its Annual Report for FY 2015, which compliments its most recent Caseload Statistics Report concerning cases registered or administered by ICSID. The Annual Report and Caseload Statistics … Continue reading

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TPP deal reached: investment arbitration survives

After a lengthy final period of negotiation in Atlanta, it has been announced that the TPP, the world’s largest mega-regional trade and investment deal, has been agreed. The investment chapter is not yet available but is briefly summarised on USTR’s … Continue reading

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Filed under Americas, Investment Arbitration, ISDS Reform, Latin America, News, Public International Law, The Americas, TPP, Trade law, Treaty negotiation, interpretation and impact

Arbitration partner and LatAm specialist Christian Leathley moves from London to New York

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that Christian Leathley, partner in the International Arbitration and Public International Law groups, has moved to the firm’s New York office. Christian is both English and New York qualified. His practice centres on … Continue reading

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