Working Group II UNCITRAL Discussions of September 2020

    The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s (“UNCITRAL“) Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation/Dispute Settlement) (“WGII“)​ has published the advance copy of its report (the “Report“) on the discussions held between 21 and 25 September 2020 during its 72nd session. The Report provides details about the discussions around various issues, including: (i) the form … Read more

    UPDATE ON THE FUTURE OF ISDS: UNCITRAL WORKING GROUP III PUBLISHES DRAFT WORKING PAPERS

    The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s (“UNCITRAL“) Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) (“WGIII”)​ has recently published two draft working papers for comment (the “Working Papers”). The Working Papers address the possible reform of investor-state dispute settlement (“ISDS“), focusing on (i) an appellate mechanism and enforcement issues and (ii) the selection and … Read more

    AFCFTA PROTOCOL: REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECTION FOR INVESTORS

    Johannesburg-based Partner Peter Leon, Associate Ernst Muller and Candidate Attorney Natasha Rachwal have recently authored an article discussing the ongoing negotiations for the African Continental Free Trade Area’s (“AfCFTA”) protocol on investment. The article considers the opportunity for AfCFTA drafters to establish an investment regime that supports modern investment policies and sustainable development. The article … Read more

    PCA TRIBUNAL FINDS INDIA IN BREACH OF TREATY IN VODAFONE TAX DISPUTE

    The Government of India has lost the first of three keenly anticipated decisions on the retrospective tax liabilities introduced by statute in 2012 to reverse the ruling of the Indian Supreme Court in the Vodafone case. The legislation was introduced in the Finance Act 2012 to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling that Vodafone was not … Read more