ECUADOR IS NOW OFFICIALLY A CONTRACTING STATE OF THE ICSID CONVENTION

On June 30, 2021, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court (Constitutional Court) held that President Guillermo Lasso had the power to ratify the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention) without the approval of Ecuador’s National Assembly (the Decision).[1] The Constitutional Court also held that the ratification of the … Read more

IRAQ RATIFIES MAURITIUS CONVENTION ON TRANSPARENCY IN INVESTOR STATE ARBITRATION

Iraq has become the latest state to ratify the Mauritius Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor State Arbitration (the Mauritius Convention), having deposited its instruments of ratification at the UN Headquarters in New York and having previously signed the Mauritius Convention on 13 February 2017. The Mauritius Convention will come into force for Iraq on … Read more

State of play of investment treaty arbitration in Australia

Investment protection regimes are at a crossroads globally. Different governments, trading blocks and interest groups are pushing their policy agendas in diverging directions when it comes to bilateral and multilateral investment protection schemes. Australia is no exception to this debate. In this note we canvass some of the key developments in the investment treaty arbitration … Read more

NEW PROCEDURAL RIGHTS AS INDONESIA-SINGAPORE BIT COMES INTO FORCE

Since Indonesia announced its intention to terminate and replace “all of its 67 bilateral investment treaties” (BITs) in 2014, the State has actively re-negotiated several BITs. Starting with some of its largest trading partners in the region, Indonesia signed new BITs with Singapore in 2018 and Australia in 2019. On 9 March 2021, the Agreement … Read more

International arbitration in the South Pacific: a view from Australia

By Brenda Horrigan, Chad Catterwell and Guillermo Garcia-Perrote. International arbitration is gaining ground across the South Pacific region. There are a wide range of benefits brought about by implementing an effective framework for international arbitration across the region, most prominently increased foreign investment opportunities and the economic advantages that brings. Presently, eight countries from the … Read more

FRENCH SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES THE SCOPE OF THE WAIVER RULE CONTAINED IN ARTICLE 1466 CCP, PAVING THE WAY FOR PARTIES TO PRESENT NEW ARGUMENTS AND EVIDENCE WHEN CHALLENGING A TRIBUNAL’S JURISDICTION BEFORE THE ANNULMENT JUDGE

On 2 December 2020, the French Cour de Cassation (Cass Civ. 1, No. 19-15.396) overturned a decision by the Paris Court of Appeal that had dismissed an application to set aside an arbitral award on the basis that the applicant has waived its right to raise, when contesting the arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction before the French … Read more

ICSID RELEASES STATISTICS FOR RECORD YEAR 2020

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) has released case statistics for 2020 (available here) showing a record number of new cases. While the figures confirm that the Covid-19 pandemic has not so far significantly affected the nature of those disputes, other changes – such as a shift to virtual hearings – are … Read more

THE ARBITRATION WORKSHOP INTERVIEWS PARTNER & HEAD OF INDIA DISPUTES NICHOLAS PEACOCK

As part of its series of interviews of practitioners in international arbitration, The Arbitration Workshop has interviewed London-based Partner and Head of India Disputes Nick Peacock. In the interview, Nick outlines his thoughts on trends in commercial and investment arbitration arising out of Covid-19, the Model Bilateral Investment Treaty of India, the ICSID-UNCITRAL Draft Code … Read more

2020 SURVEY OF TMT SECTOR INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATION

Technology, media, and telecommunications (“TMT”) as an overarching sector has experienced sustained growth and turmoil for a number of years characterised by cross-border collaboration, expansion, consolidation and, of course, innovation. The sector (and in particular the telecommunications sector) remains a focus for direct investment and capital demands for the underlying infrastructure such as full fibre … Read more