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French court unfreezes assets of three Russian enterprises over Yukos case
The Court of Appeal in Paris ruled to lift a freeze on assets of Russian Satellite Communications Company and RIA Novosti news agency.
The rising interest in the mediation of investment treaty disputes
Recent developments indicate there may be increasing interest in the creation of alternative forms of dispute resolution for investor-State disputes. One potential alternative is mediation.
Vattenfall AB and others v. Federal Republic of Germany - Public hearing
The hearing on jurisdiction, merits and quantum in Vattenfall AB and others v. Federal Republic of Germany is scheduled to take place before a three-member arbitral tribunal from Monday, October 10, 2016 through Friday, October 21, 2016.
JKX vs. Ukraine: An update on the enforcement of emergency arbitrator’s award
The Ukrainian “saga” on the enforcement of the SCC emergency arbitrator’s award continues – the case is pending the second round of cassation review.
CEZ seeking hundreds of millions of euros from Bulgaria in arbitration
Czech utility CEZ has launched arbitration seeking hundreds of millions of euros from Bulgaria for failure to protect its energy investments
KazMunayGas companies issue notice of investment dispute to the Government of Romania
The arbitration dispute concerns the treatment applied by the Romanian authorities to the investments performed by KMG and KMGI in their Romanian subsidiaries.
Engie files arbitration case against Hungary over gas sector policies
The proceedings are based on the Energy Charter Treaty and seek relief for breaches of the principle of investor protection in the gas sector.
A Dutch court said Russia doesn’t have to pay Yukos’s investors. Will Russia have to pay anyway?
A Dutch court found that Russia doesn’t have to pay $50 billion to Yukos shareholders. Here’s the big catch: international investment law is so complicated that Russia might have to pay anyway.
Dutch court overturns $50 billion ruling against Russia in Yukos case
In a major victory for the Russian government, a Dutch court overturned an award of more than $50 billion to former shareholders of the defunct oil company Yukos.
French court rules in favor of Russia’s Roscosmos in Yukos assets seizure case
Russian space agency Roscosmos has won a court action in France concerning $700 million in payments owed to the company, which were seized by French authorities.
Court rules in favour of Spain in suit against renewable energy cuts
An international arbitrator threw out claims from two investors protesting against Spain’s 2010 cuts to renewable energy subsidies, setting a potential precedent for other lawsuits pending.
Case study: Vattenfall v. Germany I
Coal-fired electric plant/climate change.
Why we should all be worried about our BITs – or at least what foreign investors are doing with them
Britain’s role, not just with TTIP, seems to be that of facilitating and encouraging excessive corporate power over governments all around the world.
The rise in arbitration claims filed by renewable energy investors under the Energy Charter Treaty
The number of claims filed by renewable energy investors under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has risen significantly.
ISDS: courting foreign investors
Why the Commission’s proposal for an “Investment Court System” still fails to address the key problems of foreign investors’ privileges
Resisting the ‘law of greed’
There has been an explosive increase of cases of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Modern investor-state disputes often revolve around public policy measures and implicate sensitive issues such as health and environmental protection
Commission won’t ask EU judges to decide on legality of ISDS
The European Commission will not ask EU judges to decide on the legality of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in free trade agreements.
Spain facing compensation bill of billions over renewables cuts
Spain has suffered its first setback in an international arbitration process over its cuts to renewable energy subsidies.
The obscure legal system that lets corporations sue countries
Fifty years ago, an international legal system was created to protect the rights of foreign investors. Today, as companies win billions in damages, insiders say it has got dangerously out of control
Stopping the corporate power grab — it’s not all just about TTIP
In the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn’t lose sight of the context in which the deal is being negotiated — the hundreds of bilateral treaties that give corporations the right to sue in secret ’trade courts’.