Middle East

Iran files case against the USA before the ICJ

In a press release published on 15 June 2016 (available here), the International Court of Justice ("ICJ") announced that Iran has instituted proceedings against the USA, in respect of alleged violations under the 1955 US-Iran Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations … Continue reading

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English High Court orders payment of $100m arbitral peremptory order, denying KRG claim to immunity

Summary In its recent judgment of 20 November 2015, the High Court of England and Wales (the "Court") enforced a US$100m peremptory order made in arbitral proceedings against the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. The judgment considers a number of … Continue reading

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Filed under Europe, Middle East, Sovereign Immunity/State Immunity, State Immunity, UK

ADOPTION DAY UNDER THE IRAN AGREEMENT – US AND EU PUBLISH DETAILS OF CHANGES TO THEIR SANCTIONS REGIMES

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action relating to Iran's nuclear programme (the "JCPOA") officially came into effect on 18 October ("Adoption Day"), requiring all JCPOA participants to make the necessary arrangements and preparations for implementation of their respective JCPOA commitments.  … Continue reading

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Iran sanctions – parties reach agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and sanctions relief

In the early hours of July 14, 2015, it was announced that the P5+1/EU3+3 and Iran had reached agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program (the “JCPOA”). This builds on the framework announced in April … Continue reading

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Iran nuclear program negotiations and sanctions

In April 2015, the US and EU announced the agreed framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the “JCPOA”) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. At the time of that announcement, the parties said that they intended to draft the final … Continue reading

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EU introduces new asset freezing measures against Yemen

On 19 December, the EU published Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP and Regulation 1352/2014 in relation to the situation in Yemen. The measures came into force immediately upon publication. The new measures impose an asset freeze on three individuals: Abdullah Yahya Al … Continue reading

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Filed under Corporate Crime, Europe, European Regulation, Middle East, Sanctions

A sardine cannot swallow a whale: ICSID tribunal declines jurisdiction under the Egypt-UAE BIT

In an Award on Jurisdiction rendered earlier this year in National Gas S.A.E. v. Arab Republic of Egypt (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/7), an ICSID tribunal declined jurisdiction to hear a claim brought against Egypt under the Egypt-UAE BIT by an … Continue reading

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Interim agreement between Federal Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government on oil exports, yet major differences and legal proceedings persist

These are challenging times for Iraq. The Islamic State or ISIS controls thousands of square miles of territory and major Iraqi cities such as Mosul, Tikrit and Falluja. While leading the offensive against ISIS and enjoying the support of international … Continue reading

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The recognition of new States at international law: UK Parliament passes motion on Palestine

When it comes to questions of recognition, “..there is probably no other subject in the field of international relations in which law and politics appear to be more closely interwoven.” (Hersch Lauterpacht, 1947) The Motion On 13 October 2014 a … Continue reading

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Iran wins its first investor-state case

The Islamic Republic of Iran has won its first ever investor-state arbitration in a decision against Turkish mobile phone company, Turkcell. The tribunal concluded that Turkcell was not a qualified investor under the Iran-Turkey bilateral investment treaty (BIT) given that … Continue reading

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