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Tribunal Orders Argentina To Pay Investors $324M For Airline Expropriation
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on July 24 released its majority award in a treaty dispute over the expropriation of two airlines in the Argentine Republic, ordering Argentina to pay two investors $324,254,807 in damages and costs, plus interest (Teinver S.A., Transportes de Cercanias S.A. and Autobuses Urbanos del Sur S.A. and the Argentine Republic, No. ARB/09/1, ICSID).



PCA Orders Russia To Pay $6.2M For Violations Of U.N. Convention
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A tribunal for the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on July 18 announced that it has issued an award on compensation in an arbitration commenced by the Netherlands against the Russian Federation in relation to the unauthorized seizure of a vessel, ordering Russia to pay the Netherlands $6,213,797 in damages (The Netherlands v. Russia, No. 2014-02, PCA).



PCA Outlines Boundaries Between Croatia And Slovenia In Final Award
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on June 29 issued its final award in an arbitration between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Slovenia, establishing certain land and maritime boundaries between the two (Republic of Croatia v. the Republic of Slovenia, No. 2012-04, PCA).



ICSID Stays Enforcement Of Award After Mining Firm Agrees To Post Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In exchange for a security pledge, an English mining company on June 28 said an ad hoc Committee for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has agreed to stay the enforcement of an award that dismissed an arbitration in favor of the Republic of Indonesia, pending the completion of an annulment proceeding (Churchill Mining PLC v. Republic of Indonesia, No. ARB/12/14 and ARB/12/40, ICSID).



Centerra Says PCA Has Issued Interim Order In Arbitration With Kyrgyz
TORONTO, Ontario - A Canadian gold mining company on July 19 announced that an arbitrator with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has issued an interim order in its case against the Kyrgyz Republic over a mining project.



ICSID Orders Expert Reports And Witness Statements To Remain Confidential
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on July 12 released an order in a dispute filed by a Canadian mining company against Romania, ordering that witness statements and expert reports remain confidential unless otherwise agreed to by the parties (Gabriel Resources Ltd. and Gabriel Resources [Jersey] v. Romania, No. ARB/15/31, ICSID).



2nd Circuit Reverses Denial Of Venezuela's Request To Vacate, Finds FSIA Governs
NEW YORK - After finding that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) provides the sole basis for federal court jurisdiction over foreign sovereigns in cases seeking to enforce certain international arbitral awards, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 11 reversed a decision denying the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela's motion to vacate a ruling confirming an award issued in favor of several ExxonMobil entities (Mobil Cerro Negro Ltd., et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 15-707, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12354).



D.C. Circuit Affirms Court's Decision Refusing To Enforce Annulled Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 7 affirmed a district court's decision refusing to confirm an approximately $43.5 million award that was annulled by an international arbitration court, finding that the arbitration court's setting of fees did not violate public policy under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (Getma International v. Republic of Guinea, No. 16-7087, D.C. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12138).



2nd Circuit Upholds Decision To Vacate $57M Malaysian Arbitral Award
NEW YORK - A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 20 affirmed a district court's decision to vacate its previous order confirming a $57 million arbitral award issued against the Government of The Lao People's Democratic Republic, finding that the lower court did not err when it gave priority to a Malaysian court ruling to annul the award (Thai-Lao Lignite [Thailand] Co. Ltd., et al. v. Government of The Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nos. 14-597, 14-1052, 14-1497, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 13065).



Spain Moves To Vacate Judgment Confirming $146M ICSID Award
NEW YORK - The Kingdom of Spain on June 28 moved to vacate a judgment granting an ex parte petition to confirm a $146,079,996 international arbitration award issued in favor of two investors in solar power projects, arguing that a New York federal court lacked jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 (FSIA) (Eiser Infrastructure, et al. v. Kingdom of Spain, No. 17-3808, S.D. N.Y.).



Summons Issued On Supplement Seller's Petition To Confirm Chinese Award
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A summons was issued on July 13 to a New York entity in relation to a Chinese company's recently filed petition to confirm a $575,922 arbitral award issued in its favor by a Chinese tribunal (Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone: International Trade Service Co., Ltd. v. Tiancheng Chempharm Inc. USA, No. 17-cv-4130, E.D. N.Y.).



11th Circuit Finds Questions Of Venue Must Be Determined By Arbitrator
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 17 affirmed a district court's ruling to confirm an arbitral award issued in favor of a U.S. development company, finding that questions of arbitral venue are for an arbitrator to decide (Bamberger Rosenheim Ltd. v. OA Development Inc., No. 16-16163, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12729).



9th Circuit Vacates Ruling Enjoining Insurers From Pursuing ICC Case
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 10 vacated a district court's decision enjoining two surety companies from participating in an international arbitration case, vacating a trial court's ruling enjoining them from pursuing their claims related to a guarantee (Portland General Electric Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-35628, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12267).



ICSID To Hold Merits, Jurisdiction Hearing On NAFTA Claims Against Canada
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on July 10 announced that it will soon hold a hearing on jurisdiction and the merits in an arbitration in which an investor asserts violations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) against Canada (Mobil Investments Canada Inc. v. Canada, No. ARB/15/6, ICSID).



London Mining Firm Files Notices Of Arbitration On Tanzania
LONDON - A mining company on July 4 announced that it has served the government of Tanzania with notices of arbitration related to two mining operations.



Judge Finds Parties Must Arbitrate Claims Over Laos Gaming Operations
WILMINGTON, Del. - Based on a theory of estoppel, a Delaware federal judge on July 12 found that the owners of gaming assets in the Lao People's Democratic Republic are required to arbitrate their claims in Singapore for breach of fiduciary duty and contract against nonsignatories to an underlying deed, granting a motion to dismiss the case (Sanum Investment Limited, et al. v. San Marco Capital Partners, et al., No. 16-320, D. Del., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107365).



Reinsurer Declines To Oppose Insured's Motion To Intervene In Dispute Over $5M Claim
NEW YORK - A Brazilian reinsurer told a New York federal court on July 14 that it will not oppose a steel maker's request to intervene in an insurer's lawsuit seeking to require the reinsurer to cover a $5 million settlement with the insured under an arbitration award (National Indemnity Co. v. IRB Brasil Resseguros S.A., No. 15-3975, S.D. N.Y.).



Federal Bankruptcy Judge Strikes Foreign Specialty Reinsurer's $15M Bond
NEW YORK - A foreign specialty reinsurer must post a new $15 million bond as part of its attempt to arbitrate a coverage dispute in Bermuda, a New York federal bankruptcy judge ruled July 17, granting a defunct brokerage company's motion to strike the current bond as defective (In re: MF Global Holdings Ltd., et al., MF Global Holdings Ltd. as plan administrator, and MF Global Assigned Assets LLC v. Allied World Assurance Company Ltd., et al., Chapter 11 No. 11-15059, Adv. Proc. No. 16-01251, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).



ICSID Rejects BIT Claims Against Algeria Over Telephone System Project
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 31 dismissed all of the claims asserted by an investment company against the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, finding that it could not assert claims against Algeria that were already resolved in a settlement agreement that was entered into by its subsidiary (Orascom TMT Investments S.a r.l. v. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, No. ARB/12/35, ICSID).



PCA To Issue Final Award In Dispute Between Croatia And Slovenia
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on June 19 announced that it will issue its final award in a maritime arbitration pending between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Slovenia later this month (Republic of Croatia v. the Republic of Slovenia, No. 2012-04, PCA).



ICSID Grants Mexico's Request To Bifurcate Investment Issue From Merits
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 30 partially granted a request by the United Mexican States to bifurcate the issue of whether a Canadian company made an investment in Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from the merits of the case (Lion Mexico Consolidated L.P. v. United Mexican States, No. ARB[AF]/15/2, ICSID).



D.C. Circuit Refuses To Rehear Appeal Of Order Confirming $18.4M Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 7 denied a petition filed by the government of Belize for rehearing of a decision in which the court rejected its appeal of an order confirming a $18,470,881 award issued in favor of a Belize bank (Belize Bank Limited v. Government of Belize, Nos. 16-7083 Consolidated with 16-7089, 16-7094, D.C. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5587).



U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Lago Agrio $18.5 Billion Fraud Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 19 refused to hear the appeal of a group of Ecuadorian residents and their attorney, who challenged a fraud ruling with regard to an $18.5 billion judgment they previously won against Chevron Corp. for injuries they had alleged were caused by the company's oil field operations in Ecuador (Steven Donziger, et al. v. Chevron Corporation, No. 16-1178, U.S. Sup.).



D.C. Federal Judge Confirms $8.4M Award For Afghan Construction Firm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on May 31 granted a [ee]construction company's petition to confirm an $8,462,516 arbitral award issued in its favor in relation to payment for subcontracting work on the construction of a power plant in Kabul, finding that the primary contractor on the project failed to show that a public policy exception under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards applied (Venco Imtiaz Construction Co. v. Symbion Power LLC, No. 16-1737, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82480).



Judge Confirms $1.2M ICC Award For Albanian Telecommunications Company
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on May 30 granted a petition to confirm a $1,220,790 international arbitral award issued in a dispute over a telecommunications agreement, finding that an award that was agreed on by the parties was still binding under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (Albtelecom SH.A. v. Unifi Communications Inc., No. 16-9001, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82154).



Federal Judge Confirms PCA Award Against Cabo Verde, Enters Default
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on June 13 entered a default ruling against the Republic of Cabo Verde and granted a finance company's petition to confirm a $190,098.12 award against it, finding that Cabo Verde failed to respond to the petition or present any arguments as to why the award should not be enforced (Sterling Merchant Finance Ltd. v. Republic of Cabo Verde, No. 16-1285, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90434).



Federal Judge Enters Default, Confirms $2.1M Award For ING Bank
SEATTLE - After a fuel bunker trader failed to respond to a bank's petition to confirm a London arbitral award issued in its favor, a Washington federal judge on June 15 entered a default ruling for the bank and ordered the trader to pay it $2,103,750 (ING Bank, N.V. v. Express Pacific LLC, No. 17-0336, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92464).



Venezuela Requests Stay Of Enforcement Of $1.2B Award Pending Appeal
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on June 12 moved in a federal district court to stay the enforcement of a $1.2 billion arbitral award that was confirmed in favor of a Canadian investor, pending the outcome of its appeal of the decision to the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Crystallex International Corp. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 16-0661, D. D.C.).



Judge Rejects Mesa Power's Petition To Vacate NAFTA Award For Canada
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on June 15 rejected an energy company's petition to vacate an international arbitral award in which a tribunal found that the Government of Canada did not violate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), finding nothing to show that the tribunal exceed its authority (Mesa Power Group LLC v. Government of Canada, No. 16-1101, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92037).



Justice Finds Arbitrator Exceeded Authority, Requests More Information
SYDNEY, Australia - A justice for the Federal Court of Australia on June 9 found that an arbitral process in a dispute over an agreement to sell shares in a food company was significantly flawed and that portions of partial awards should be set aside, but requested additional information from the parties before issuing a ruling (Hui v Esposito Holdings Pty Ltd., [2017] FCA 648, Australia Fed.).



U.K. Firm Proceeds With PCA Arbitration Against India Tax Department
EDINBURGH, Scotland - A United Kingdom energy company on June 19 gave updates on a dispute with the Indian Income Tax Department, stating that an international arbitration over a tax assessment is progressing and that final hearings in the case will be held next year.



ICSID Invites Amicus Curiae Filings In NAFTA Case Filed Against Canada
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on June 20 announced that it is inviting nonparties in an arbitration commenced by a resource company against the government of Canada to submit amicus curiae briefs in accordance with the statement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission (Lone Pine Resources Inc. v. The Government of Canada, No. UNCT/15/2, ICSID).



Celamin Holdings Says It Has Raised $1.05M To Fund ICC Arbitration
MELBOURNE, Australia - Celamin Holdings NL on May 30 announced that it has raised capital to fund an international arbitration and other proceedings that were commenced in relation to a dispute over shares in a phosphate project.



ITLOS President Gives Annual Report And Case Update
HAMBURG, Germany - The president of the International Tribunal for the Law of The Sea (ITLOS) on June 12 issued the annual report for the tribunal, noting several important rulings and appointments.



Syndicates Ask Court To Compel Reinsurer To Follow Umpire Selection Process
BOSTON - In a dispute over environmental claims, a collection of insurance syndicates on May 31 asked a Massachusetts federal court to compel a reinsurer to arbitrate their disagreement and to enforce the parties' agreed-to procedure for the selection of an umpire (Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v. Transport Insurance Co., No. 17-10618, D. Mass.).



Brazilian Reinsurer Owes $5M Under Arbitration Award, Insurer Asserts
NEW YORK - An insurer argues in a June 21 reply brief filed in a New York federal court that a Brazilian reinsurer is obligated to pay $5 million under an arbitration award so that the insurer can pay a settlement it reached with a steel maker in a related dispute (National Indemnity Co. v. IRB Brasil Resseguros S.A., No. 15-3975, S.D. N.Y.).



Kuala Lumpur Centre Launches Updated Arbitration Rules
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) on June 1 announced that it has released new rules, which are aimed at improving the quality of its arbitral awards.



PCA And Djibouti Enter Host Country Agreement For Arbitrations
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on June 6 announced that it has reached a host country agreement with the Republic of Djibouti, allowing PCA-administered cases to be heard there.



Ontario Superior Court Judge Joins Arbitration Place, Thornton Grout Finnigan
TORONTO - The Arbitration Place on June 12 announced that a former Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge has joined the law firm Thornton Grout Finnigan (TGF) as counsel and has joined Arbitration Place as a member arbitrator.



ICSID Committee Rejects Argentina's Request To Annul $380M Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An ad hoc Committee for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 8 released its decision rejecting an application filed by the Argentine Republic to annul a $380 million award issued in favor of claimants that invested in water distribution and waste water systems in Argentina (Suez, Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona S.A., and Vivendi Universal S.A. v. The Argentine Republic, No. ARB/03/19, ICSID).



Company Seeks To Annul Award Issued In Treaty Arbitration With Argentina
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on April 25 registered an application filed by a German company to partially annul an award issued in an arbitration commenced against the Argentine Republic in a dispute over a concession for the construction of a toll road and bridges in Argentina (Hochtief AG v. The Argentine Republic, No. ARB/07/31, ICSID).



Court Enforces $1.8B LCIA Award For Mobile Service Provider In India
TOKYO - A Japanese mobile service provider on May 1 announced that an Indian court has found that an arbitral award issued in its favor is enforceable in India and ordered a teleservices company to pay it $1.18 billion in satisfaction of the ruling.



ICSID Rejects Venezuela's 4th Request To Disqualify Arbitrator In Treaty Case
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Two members of a tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 15 rejected the fourth request filed by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to disqualify an arbitrator in a case filed by two Venezuelan entities who assert violations of a bilateral investment treaty, finding that it failed to show that the arbitrator's assistant is employed by a law firm that allegedly represented interests that were adverse to Venezuela (Fabrica De Vidrios Los Andres C.A., et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. ARB/12/21, ICSID).



Claimant In Newspaper Seizure Actions Requests Termination Of ICSID Cases
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The former owner of a Chilean newspaper, who asserted claims against the Republic of Chile for damages in the amount of $422 million that were dismissed, on April 21 filed an application to terminate cases in which he requested that the award be interpreted and a case seeking rectification of the award (Victor Pey Casado and Foundation Presidente Allende v. Republic of Chile, No. ARB/98/2, ICSID).



ICSID Registers ECT Arbitration Against Italy Over Production Concession
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 19 registered a request by an English exploration entity, commencing arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) against the Republic of Italy (Rockhopper Italia S.p.A., Rockhopper Mediterranean Ltd, and Rockhopper Exploration Plc v. Italian Republic, No. ARB/17/14, ICSID).



ICSID To Hold Merits Hearing In Guinea Mining Rights Arbitration
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 16 announced that it will hold a hearing on jurisdiction and the merits in an arbitration commenced by a Guernsey mining company against the Republic of Guinea in relation to the alleged revocation of mining titles (BSG Resources Limited, BSG Resources [Guinea] Limited and BSG Resources] Guinea] SARL v. Republic of Guinea, No. ARB/14/22, ICSID).



Federal Judge Confirms $29.29M ICC Award Issued In Pineapple Sale Dispute
MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on May 2 rejected all of a Costa Rican company's objections to confirmation of a $29,290,440 international arbitral award issued in favor of Del Monte International GMBH (Inversiones Y Procesadora Tropical Inprotsa, S.A. v. Del Monte International GMBH, No. 16-24275, S.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66544).



Federal Judge Confirms $2.9M Award In Favor Of Verasonics Inc.
SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on May 19 granted a petition filed by the maker of ultrasound devices and technology to medical researchers to confirm a $2,914,000 arbitral award issued in relation to a breach of nondisclosure agreements (Verasonics Inc. v. Alpinion Medical Systems Co., Ltd., No. 14-1820, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76694).



Solar Energy Firms Ask New York Federal Court To Confirm $143M ICSID Award
NEW YORK - A United Kingdom entity and a Luxembourg company on May 19 filed a petition in a New York federal court, seeking to confirm a $143,302,395 international arbitral award issued in their favor and against the Kingdom of Spain (Eiser Infrastructure Limited, et al. v. Kingdom of Spain, No. 1:17-cv-03808, S.D. N.Y.).



Brazilian Company Seeks Confirmation Of Award In New York Federal Court
NEW YORK - A Brazilian intermediary of securities and derivatives for investment funds on April 28 filed a petition to confirm a Brazilian arbitral award in the amount of $3,588,347 that was issued in its favor in relation to another entity's breach of its obligations to make a bonus payment under a service agreement (TBC Consultoria em Investimentos Financeiros Ltda. v. Gradual Corretora de Cambio, Titulos e Valores Mobiliarios S.A., et al., No. 17-cv-3145, S.D. N.Y.).



Chevron: No Legal Issue In Lago Agrio Case Warrants High Court Review
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chevron Corp. on May 15 filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that, with regard to the petition for writ of certiorari filed by a group of Ecuadorian residents and their attorney who challenge a fraud ruling with regard to an $18.5 billion judgment they previously won against the company, there is no legal issue warranting the Supreme Court's review (Steven Donziger, et al. v. Chevron Corporation, No. 16-1178, U.S. Sup.).



PCA Holds 1st Meeting In UNCLOS Arbitration Filed Against Russia
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on May 22 said that it has held the first meeting in an arbitration commenced by the Ukraine against the Russian Federation in a dispute over coastal state rights, establishing a procedural framework for the case (Ukraine v. The Russian Federation, No. 2017-06, PCA).



ICSID Issues 1st Order In Laos Gaming Industry Arbitration
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 19 released the first procedural order in an arbitration commenced by Lao Holdings N.V. against the Lao People's Democratic Republic in relation to the alleged breach of a settlement agreement, establishing the procedural framework of the case (Lao Holdings N.V. v. Lao People's Democratic Republic, No. ARB[AF)/16/2], ICSID).



Judge Orders Costa Rican Company To Produce Emails To Del Monte
MIAMI - A Florida federal magistrate judge on May 2 granted a request by Del Monte International GMBH for production of documents, finding that a Costa Rican entity did not meet its burden of establishing all the elements of the common interest doctrine in relation to the requested information (DelMonte International GMBH v. Ticofrut S.A., No. 16-23894, S.D. Fla.).



Singapore Judge Affirms Denial Of Leave To Serve Order Enforcing PCA Award
SINGAPORE - A Singapore judge on May 8 affirmed a register's decision to deny a group of investors' ex parte application to serve an order enforcing an international arbitral award on the Kingdom of Lesotho's attorneys, finding that the State Immunity Act does not require granting leave to serve outside of the appropriate jurisdiction (Josias Van Zyl, et al. v. Kingdom of Lesotho, No. [2017] SGHC 104, Singapore Sup.).



ICSID Secretary General Discusses Reforms At NYIAC Lecture
NEW YORK - The New York International Arbitration Centre (NYIAC) on May 3 announced that the secretary general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) outlined the top areas for reform of the ICSID rules and regulations at a recent lecture held at the NYIAC.



ICSID Launches New Website Detailing Rule Amendment Project
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICISD) on May 9 announced that it has launched a web page for its Rule Amendment Project.



ICC Announces Establishment Of Team To Administer Arbitrations In Brazil
PARIS - The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on May 4 announced that it has expanded operations with the creation of a case management team in Sao Paulo, Brazil.



PCA Reaches Cooperation Agreement With Istanbul Arbitration Centre
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on May 18 said that it has reached a cooperation agreement with the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC).



Syndicates Seek Arbitration Of Role In Claims Dispute Affecting Reinsurance Billings
BOSTON - A collection of insurance syndicates sued an insurer on April 11 in Massachusetts federal court, seeking to compel arbitration with regard to their involvement in an underlying coverage dispute over environmental claims that would affect reinsurance billings (Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London v. Transport Insurance Co., No. 17-10618, D. Mass.).



SIAC Appoints Members To Arbitration Court And Board Of Directors
SINGAPORE - The Singapore International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (SIAC) on May 15 announced that it has appointed new members to its board of directors and Court of Arbitration.



Chief Of Investment Arbitration For Department Of State Joins Jenner & Block
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jenner & Block on May 23 announced that the former chief of investment arbitration with the U.S. Department of State will join the firm as a partner.



Cakes, Goulash And Denial Of Justice: Can A Court's Violation Of Its Own Domestic Bankruptcy Law Constitute A Breach Of An Investment Treaty?
By Carlos J. Bianchi I. Introduction In a previous article, we discussed claims of denial of justice, in the investment treaty context, based on acts or omissions of the judicial branch of a nation's government.1 It is well established that, for the purpose of investment treaties, the acts or omissions of the judicial branch can be ascribed to the State so as to render it liable internationally if they amount to violation of a treaty.2 The acts or omissions can include delay3, a clear and malicious misapplication of the law,4 or other conduct which causes "shock or surprise" leading to "justified concerns as to the judicial propriety of the outcome".5 In this article, we will examine a somewhat unusual situation, where the conduct giving rise to the treaty claim consisted of a court ignoring or misapplying its own legislation.6