Enforcement of arbitral awards: Award creditor successfully seeks remedy from European Court of Human Rights for Albania’s extraordinary delay in recognising arbitral award

The European Court of Human Rights (the ECtHR) has found that in delaying recognition of an arbitral award against it, the Republic of Albania breached its obligations under Article 6 (Right to a Fair Trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Article 6(1) states that proceedings must be determined “within a reasonable time”. … Read more

German Federal Court of Justice confirms that findings of Achmea do not extend to investment arbitrations under extra-EU BITs

The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – “BGH”) recently allowed the enforcement of an arbitral award rendered in Deutsche Telekom v. India – an investor-State arbitration conducted under the 1995 Germany-India Bilateral Investment Treaty (“BIT”). On Deutsche Telekom’s application, the amount of USD 10 million plus interest (a partial amount of the award) has … Read more

UK SUPREME COURT LIFTS STAY OF ENFORCEMENT OF ICSID AWARD AGAINST ROMANIA

In Micula and others (Respondents/Cross-Appellants) v Romania (Appellant/Cross-Respondent) [2020] UKSC 5 the UK Supreme Court (the “SC”) found that the duty of sincere cooperation under EU law does not preclude enforcement of an ICSID Convention (the “Convention”) award against Romania (the “Award”). In what is the enforcement stage of the long-running and well-known saga of … Read more

UPDATE ON THE FUTURE OF ISDS: WORKING GROUP III UNCITRAL DISCUSSIONS OF JANUARY 2020

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s (“UNCITRAL“) Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) (“WGIII“)​ has published its report (the “Report“) on the work conducted between 20 and 24 January 2020 during its resumed 38th session. The Report provides details about the discussions around the following issues: (i) whether the investor-state dispute settlement … Read more