ICSID – repeat appointments potentially relevant to applications for disqualification of an arbitrator

In OPIC Karimum v Venezuela the claimant, OPIC, requested the disqualification of the arbitrator appointed by Venezuela, Professor Philippe Sands, on the basis that his multiple appointments by both Venezuela and Venezuela’s counsel, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle (“Curtis“) tainted his independence and indicated a manifest lack of ability to exercise independent judgment.  The remaining … Read more