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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Iran sanctions – UK updates guidance on doing business with Iran as implementation day approaches

Since the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA") in July 2015, companies have been preparing for the relaxation of sanctions that will allow them to re-enter Iran.  As Implementation Day (the point at which some sanctions will … Continue reading

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European Commission formally presents proposed Investment Chapter for TTIP to the US

Yesterday, 12 November, the EU formally presented its proposed language for the Investment Chapter of the TTIP to the US. As discussed in our earlier blog piece here, the EU is suggesting an "Investment Court System" to resolve disputes between … Continue reading

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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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The US Second Circuit Shields Sovereign Immunity in Favour of Argentina’s Central Bank

On August 31, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favour of Argentina’s Central Bank in one of the many proceedings initiated by Argentina’s unpaid bondholders.[1] The decision in EM Ltd. and NML Capital Ltd … Continue reading

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Russia-related sanctions: US Issues important advisory on ensuring compliance with Crimea sanctions regime and expands sanctions designations

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) recently added a number of new persons and individuals to the US’s Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) and Sectoral Sanctions Initiative (“SSI”) lists. OFAC also issued new guidelines to … Continue reading

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Business, human rights, and extraterritoriality in American law

Beyond Borders: Non-US plaintiffs continue to make inroads towards holding multinational corporations liable under US law for alleged human-rights violations occurring beyond US borders. How can that be? The Alien Tort Claims Act (ATS) is an eighteenth-century statute that gives … 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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The future of ISDS in the TTIP: European Parliament recommends a “new system” of judicial decision-making

As reported in our previous blog posts (please click here and here), the proposed inclusion of investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (the TTIP), has caused considerable debate amongst many stakeholders. Against this backdrop of … Continue reading

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Iran Sanctions Update

Further to our previous briefing, it has been announced that negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program have been further extended and will now continue until 10 July. As with previous announcements regarding the timeframe for negotiations, … Continue reading

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