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EU Member States agree treaty on termination of intra-EU BITs

On 24 October 2019, the European Commission (Commission) announced that EU Member States had approved the text of a plurilateral treaty entitled “Agreement for the Termination of Bilateral Investment Treaties between the Member States of the European Union” (Treaty).  In its statement, the Commission noted that “a small minority” of Member States had decided not...

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Proposals released for modernising the Energy Charter Treaty

On 6 October 2019, the Energy Charter Secretariat released Member State proposals for modernising the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).  Individual submissions were offered by Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Japan, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Turkey, in addition to the European Union (EU).  The proposals cover several aspects of investment protection, including the definition of “investment” and “investor”; the...

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The International Court of Justice amends its Rules

On 21 October 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) amended Articles 22, 23, 29, 76 and 79 of its Rules of Court (Rules).  The amendments concern provisional measures (Article 76), preliminary objections (Article 79) and the procedure for appointing and removing the Court’s Registrar and Deputy-Registrar (Articles 22, 23 and 29).   [read more]...

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ICSID tribunal orders both parties to pay damages in Perenco v. Ecuador

On 27 September 2019, an ICSID tribunal rendered its award on quantum in an arbitration between Perenco Ecuador Limited (“Perenco”) and the Republic of Ecuador (“Ecuador”) under the France-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty (BIT).  The tribunal awarded Perenco damages of approximately US$449 million in respect of Ecuador’s interference with its interests in two Amazonian oil blocks...

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ICSID releases third version of proposed amendments to Arbitration Rules

  The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has released the third draft of its proposed amendments to the ICSID Arbitration Rules.  Owing to the “developing consensus on the amendments through the consultation process”, there have been fewer changes compared to earlier drafts.  The latest draft refines ICSID’s recommended rule changes on topics...

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ICJ delivers judgment in India v. Pakistan dispute

The International Court of Justice (Court) has delivered another ruling on the interpretation and application of Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 (VCCR) and its optional protocol on the compulsory settlement of disputes (Optional Protocol).  In a judgment dated 17 July 2019, the Court unanimously found it had jurisdiction to...

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EU and MERCOSUR conclude negotiations on trade agreement

On 28 June 2019, the European Union (EU) and MERCOSUR Member States (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) concluded negotiations on a bi-regional trade agreement (Agreement).  The Agreement impacts a combined population of more than 780 million people and is the EU’s largest trade agreement to date. This far-reaching Agreement provides for progressive tariff cuts on...

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Micula Case: EU General Court annuls Commission’s decision on compliance with ICSID award

In a judgment delivered on 18 June 2019, the EU General Court (GCEU) revoked a 2015 European Commission (Commission) decision prohibiting the Romanian government from compensating Swedish investors, the Micula brothers, pursuant to a 2013 ICSID award. Back in 2015, the Commission had concluded that the ICSID award was incompatible with Article 107 of the...

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ICSID unveils revised version of its draft Arbitration Rules

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has proposed several amendments to its initial “proposals for amendment of the ICSID Rules”.  Most notably, ICSID has revised its recommendations with respect to rules concerning provisional measures, disqualification of arbitrators and transparency. The existing Arbitration Rules do not prescribe a test for recommending provisional measures....

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ICJ renders advisory opinion on decolonisation of the Chagos Archipelago

In an advisory opinion given on 25 February 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), by a majority of thirteen votes to one, held that the process of decolonisation of Mauritius was not lawfully completed and that the United Kingdom consequently has an obligation to bring an end to its administration of the Chagos Archipelago...

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