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Shell files arbitration claim against Nigeria over spill dispute
ROYAL Dutch Shell Plc launched arbitration proceedings against the Nigerian government over a long-running community dispute.
German energy giant RWE uses the Energy Charter Treaty to attack Dutch climate action
RWE has filed an arbitration claim against the Netherlands, seeking compensation for the Dutch decision to phase-out electricity production from coal by 2030.
OPL245 scandal: Coalition urges World Bank group not to protect oil giants
The groups said they are concerned about the ICSID’s long-standing failure to promulgate clear rules for addressing cases where corruption has been alleged.
Why India should challenge the Vodafone-India BIT award
The scope of consent to arbitration is an important issue that needs to be finally settled - not least because it could have multi-billion dollar implications for India in respect of other cases involving challenges to India’s taxation measures by foreign investors.
Dutch rejection of Mercosur now threatens wider EU trade deals
A free trade agreement between the EU and four South American countries, known as the Mercosur trade bloc, has been voted down by the Dutch parliament.
Coal generator uses investment treaty to fight Netherlands coal phaseout
Uniper is using a controversial investor dispute system to claim up to €1 billion compensation for being forced to close a coal power station early.
Non-paper from the Netherlands and France authorities on trade, social economic effects and sustainable development
The Dutch and French Trade ministers are calling the EU to improve its approach in analyzing the socio-economic aspects of trade effects, and to increase its ambition regarding the nexus between trade and sustainable development.
Dutch politicians divided on free trade agreement with Canada
The Lower House of Dutch Parliament is debating CETA. A storm of criticism has arisen against CETA since 2017, from politicians, economists and environmental organizations to part of SMEs and small farmers’ organizations.
CETA: Rights for Canadian multinationals
CETA strengthens the legal position of North American companies in the EU and exposes European governments and taxpayers to potential claims.
International arbitration for Banco del Orinoco
Bank of Orinoco has initiated an international arbitration against the Netherlands over alleged discriminatory and irrational measures by the government of Curaçao.
Netherlands faces ISDS threat after decision to ban coal-based power generation by 2030
German company Uniper has threatened to bring an ISDS case against the Dutch government after a decision to ban coal-based power generation by 2030.
Arbitration overrules Tallinna Vesi tariff complaint, must pay costs
Tallinn water utility Tallinna Vesi has seen its claim against the Estonian state overruled by the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID), and has been ordered to pay costs likely to be in excess of half a million euros.
New Dutch model BIT: negotiations to commence soon
The Dutch government has obtained the authorisation required to start renegotiations with eight non-EU countries on its new model bilateral investment treaty and conclude new BITs with two others.
Ecuador and the Netherlands consolidate their commercial relationship
Ecuador and the Netherlands have signed a joint declaration to promote a new bilateral investment agreement that will replace the one that is currently in force and that expires in 2021.
End of Tanzania, Netherlands pact nears
The preferential protection of bilateral investments between Tanzania and the Netherlands is likely to cease next month but the protection for investments made before the date of termination continues to apply for a period of 15 years (until 1 April 2034).
Shell put Nigeria under pressure with ISDS process to obtain oil field OPL 245
Shell used the investment agreement between the Netherlands and Nigeria to obtain a lucrative oil field at remarkably good conditions.
Netherlands model investment agreement (Oct 2018)
As released by the Government of the Netherlands
Tanzania ends investment treaty with Netherlands
Tanzania has terminated its Bilateral Investment Agreement with the Netherlands that East African and Dutch civil society had said was biased against the country.
Review Tanzania, The Netherlands investment agreement, CSO says
Tanzania is urged to review the 15 years Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with the Kingdom of Netherlands expires in April 2019 before it reckons itself for another 10 years.
The 2018 draft Dutch model BIT: A critical assessment
The revised Dutch model BIT seems a missed opportunity to achieve a better balance between the rights and obligations of foreign investors.