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ICJ judges to cease acting as arbitrators

On 25 October 2018, the President of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Mr Abdulqawi Yusuf, addressed the United Nations General Assembly.  Judge Yusuf spoke about the progress of the Court’s judicial activities over the previous year and also announced that ICJ judges would no longer be permitted to sit as arbitrators (other than in...

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ICJ finds that Chile does not have to negotiate an agreement granting Bolivia access to the Pacific Ocean

On 1 October 2018, the International Court of Justice rendered its judgment on the merits in the case concerning Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile).  The case arose out of a dispute as to whether Chile has an obligation to negotiate with Bolivia to reach an agreement granting Bolivia access...

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ICSID proposes “comprehensive changes” to modernise its rules for resolving disputes between foreign investors and States

ICSID has proposed wide-ranging amendments to its rules and regulations for arbitration, conciliation and fact-finding and has introduced a new set of rules for mediation.  ICSID describes its proposals as “the most far reaching in over 50 years”.  The proposal includes new rules on expedited arbitrations, transparency and deadlines for rendering awards.  It also includes...

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Four Arab States institute ICJ proceedings against Qatar in relation to decisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization

On 4 July 2018, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE jointly instituted two proceedings against Qatar before the ICJ in relation to decisions taken by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO Council) on 29 June 2018.  In one proceeding, they have been joined as claimant States by Saudi Arabia. In the first joint...

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Qatar institutes ICJ proceedings against UAE

On 11 June 2018, Qatar instituted proceedings against the United Arab Emirates at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over alleged violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Qatar’s application asserts that “[t]he UAE has enacted and implemented a series of discriminatory measures directed at Qataris based...

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ICSID award determines that the recent Achmea ruling is not applicable to investor-State arbitration under the ECT

On 16 May 2018, an ICSID tribunal rendered its award in Masdar Solar & Wind Cooperatief v. Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/1), granting the claimant compensation in excess of EUR 64 million for losses arising from Spain’s violation of its obligation to provide fair and equitable treatment under the Energy Charter Treaty. The award comes...

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The Netherlands to terminate its intra-EU BITs following the Achmea decision

In the wake of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Achmea v Slovakia, the Netherlands government has indicated that it will look to terminate its intra-EU BITs.  On 26 April 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands informed the Dutch Parliament that the Netherlands would look...

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ICJ delivers judgment in maritime and land boundary cases between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

On 2 February 2018, the International Court of Justice (ICJ or Court) delivered its judgment in the joined cases concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) and Land Boundary in the Northern Part of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). The first case, submitted by Costa Rica...

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Mexico signs the ICSID Convention on the heels of discussions at UNCITRAL about ISDS reform

On 11 January 2018, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, signed the ICSID Convention in Washington, DC.  The Convention will enter into force for Mexico 30 days after Mexico deposits the instrument of ratification. Mexico’s adoption of the Convention, and thereby its consent to the arbitration of investment disputes via the ICSID process, comes a...

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UN General Assembly adopts resolution to negotiate legally binding instrument on conservation and sustainable use of the high seas

On 24 December 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to convene an intergovernmental conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, for conclusion of an international legally binding instrument on the “conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction”. The instrument, if concluded, will be the first major...

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