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4th EFILA Annual Conference 2019: The EU and the future of international investment law and arbitration – 31 January 2019, London

The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) will be holding its fourth Annual Conference, on 31 January 2019, at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices in London. The conference will focus on four topics: the EU’s external investment policy; the … Continue reading

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Energy Charter Declaration 2018 – Modernisation of the ECT

The Energy Charter Conference has issued a declaration following the 29th meeting of its Members. This year’s conference, hosted by Romania, focused on the role of innovation in driving energy security, sustainability and prosperity.

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41st FA Mann Lecture tomorrow: The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP considers “Brexit- endgame of international engagement or a new start?”

The 41st of a series of annual lectures in honour of the late Dr FA Mann QC (Hon) (1907-1991) will take place tomorrow in London. This series of lectures, arranged by the Partners of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, and given … Continue reading

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Second Wave of United States Sanctions Against Iran Re-Imposed

Following President Trump’s decision on 8 May, 2018 to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the US government announced that it would re-impose pre-JCPOA nuclear-related Iran sanctions (both primary and secondary) that were lifted … Continue reading

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Upcoming Fossil Fuels Trial: Juliana v. United States

In August 2015, the United States, then president Barack Obama, and the heads of numerous federal executive agencies were sued in a civil rights action by a group of 21 young people, non-profit organization Earth Guardians, and Dr. James Hansen … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Dutch Court of Appeal upholds the decision of the Hague District Court in Urgenda Foundation v Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Dutch Court of Appeal (the “Court”) has upheld the 2015 decision of the Hague District Court in the case of Urgenda Foundation v Kingdom of the Netherlands, and ruled that the State (ie the Kingdom of the Netherlands) has … Continue reading

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Save the date – resource nationalism seminar – London, 13 September 2018

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a seminar on resource nationalism on 13 September 2018.

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North American trade and investment developments: No new NAFTA (for now), and Mexico signs the ICSID Convention

One month into 2018, the future of NAFTA continues to hang in the balance. The negotiating parties will reportedly convene in Ottawa for the sixth of seven planned negotiating sessions from January 23 – 29th.[1] The parties initially hoped to … Continue reading

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The 40th FA Mann Lecture 2017: “Justiciability”

27 November 2017 at 6pm The FA Mann lecture is an annual event in honour of the late Dr F A Mann QC (Hon) (1907-1991) arranged by the partners of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, and given under the auspices of … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Key points The ministers responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) of 11 countries have announced that the core elements of a Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are agreed (CPTPP). While much of the original TPP looks to remain … Continue reading

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