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Making local communities visible: A way to prevent the potentially tragic consequences of foreign investment?
International investment law overlooks the interests of local communities. This is especially troublesome in foreign investment in natural resources and infrastructure, where the local communities are the most affected and whose harm often leads to disputes.
Belt and road initiative: Ominously, Chinese investment in South Asia target control of natural resources
Economic corridors have hardly been as controversial as China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI). It could have avoided controversies if it had proceeded in a consultative fashion like multi-country cross-border corridors.
Government regulatory space in the shadow of BITs: The case of Tanzania’s natural resource regulatory reform
Tanzania passed three new laws that significantly change the regulatory landscape governing natural resources and the mining sector in particular.
Three new bill supplements related to natural wealth and resources passed in Tanzania
A number of the provisions of the new legislation are inconsistent with the protections afforded to qualifying investors under agreements such as bilateral investment treaties.
NAFTA lawsuits target Canada most while U.S. hasn’t lost yet
When it comes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada can safely claim the title of biggest loser in terms of lawsuits.
Community perspectives in investor-state arbitration
This report examines whether and how investor-state arbitral tribunals consider community perspectives, interests and rights in their settlement of investment disputes.
Nigeria: Trade negotiation office to advise govt on how to resolve EPA challenge
"We have looked at the agreement and we believe that the agreements are situated in the 19th century and we are now in the 21st century," Nigerian govt claims
Gold jewelry maker asks government for FTA with UAE
Major gold jewelry producer has asked the government to establish a free trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates to lower the country’s import tax for Indonesian jewelry.
Ukrainian owner of LVV Liepajas Metalurgs takes dispute with Latvia to international arbitration institution
Yevgeny Kazmin, a co-owner of Ukraine’s KVV Group, has filed a lawsuit against Latvia with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
UAE serves arbitration notice to India for failure to offer bauxite
The Indian government has been served with a notice for international arbitration by the United Arab Emirates’ Ras Al-Khaimah Investment Authority
Venezuelan assesses ICSID’s decision over Tenaris-Talta case
The Venezuelan Solicitor General’s Office (PGR) said that a request has been analyzed to overturn the arbitrary award issued by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid)
Venezuela ordered to pay steelmaker Tenaris $162 million for takeover
A World Bank tribunal ordered Venezuela to pay steelmaker Tenaris SA $162 million for expropriating two investments in the country
EU-Mexico FTA - EU text proposals (November 2016)
As published by the European Commission
The requirement of “effective seat” in CEAC Holdings Limited v. Montenegro
Are we moving towards a double-barreled test for protected “investor”?
CEAC’s Deripaska personally seeks arbitration in dispute with Montenegro
Oleg Deripaska has, in his personal capacity, served a notice of arbitration against Montenegro, claiming unlawful expropriation of his investment and related treaty breaches
The men behind ISDS
The so-called “ISDS” has been existing for years already. A revealing look in the hidden world of investor-state dispute settlement.
CEAC lost the arbitration against Montenegro, has to cover court expenses too
Investment arbitration process between CEAC Holdings Limited and Montenegro was finished on 26th of July, in a way that the arbitration tribunal declared itself non-jurisdictional for this process.
DOE seeks end to Shell arbitration case
The Philippine government seeks to resolve the international arbitration case with operators of the Malampaya gas platform led by Royal Dutch Shell plc.
Eco-groups join in $ 101M Bilcon quarry fight
The environmental lobby is going to bat for the federal and provincial governments against international big business in a $101-million argument.
U.S. top court rejects Ecuador challenge to Chevron arbitration award
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a $96 million international arbitration award issued in 2011 in favor of energy company Chevron in a dispute over the development of oil fields in Ecuador.