LONDON CLIMATE ACTION WEEK 26 JUNE – 4 JULY 2021

We are proud to be a part of London Climate Action Week 2021 (LCAW), the annual event bringing together world-leading climate professionals and communities across London and beyond to find practical solutions to climate change. Founded in 2019, LCAW is the largest independent climate change event in Europe, helping to shape our future into one that is … Read more

CANADA’S NEW 2021 MODEL BIT

On May 12, 2021, Canada published its new Model Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (the “New Model BIT”), revising the 2004 Model Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (the “2004 Model BIT”). The New Model BIT modernizes Canada’s framework and brings a few interesting innovations in the Bilateral Investment Treaty (“BIT”) world. … Read more

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: THE INTERNATIONAL LAW IMPLICATIONS

The prospect of an independent Scotland raises a number of significant questions as to the impact on the rights and obligations of both Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK) under international law. This short article highlights some of the key international law implications of Scottish independence and how they may impact on private … Read more

THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ENTERS INTO FORCE

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the “Treaty“) entered into force on 22 January 2021. The Treaty is the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons, and has received support to date from 88 States. Background The Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 7 July 2017 and has been open … Read more

UPDATES ON POTENTIAL EU-CHINA COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT (WITH A FOCUS ON INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND ISDS) – NEW WINE IN NEW BOTTLES?

On 30 December 2020, the European Union and China announced their Agreement in Principle for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). This is a landmark development for both parties in these long-running negotiations which began in 2012. On 22 January 2021, in the interest of transparency, Brussels published certain draft sections (here) of the … Read more

The USMCA or “NAFTA 2.0” came into force on 1 July 2020

The US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), the replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), entered into force on 1 July 2020. Background On 24 April, 2020 the United States Trade Representative issued a press release confirming that all three NAFTA member states had notified the other parties, in writing, that they had completed the … Read more

NEVSUN RESOURCES LTD. V. ARAYA – SUPREME COURT OF CANADA ALLOWS ERITREAN MINERS’ CLAIM FOR VIOLATIONS OF CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW TO PROCEED

On 28 February 2020 the Supreme Court of Canada in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya (2020 SCC 5) issued a 5-4 ruling allowing a claim by Eritrean miners against Nevsun Resources Ltd. (“Nevsun”), a Canadian mining company, to proceed. The miners had initiated proceedings in British Columbia against Nevsun alleging, among other things, breaches of … Read more