ITN October 2003

ITN October 31, 2003

In this issue: ICSID sees further investor-state arbitrations registered; Swiss Arbitration Forum to examine conflicting investment treaty awards; NGOs issue briefing note on Glamis mining corp’s NAFTA claim against US; Ruling in GE/Bechtel vs. OPIC arbitration now publicly available; WTO members set to consult informally on future of investment talks; Ecuadorian environmental lawsuit against Chevron-Texaco could have teeth in US; Lawyers cast doubt on legality of Iraq’s new foreign investment law.

ITN October 24, 2003

In this issue: World Bank economist’s paper on BITs and FDI flows now available online; Mexico develops investment Web site to house treaties and information about disputes; OECD to host forum on improved government transparency for investment; Seminar to explore use of court injunctions to thwart arbitrations.

ITN October 20, 2003

In this issue: New European Constitution would bring FDI under European competence; Investment negotiations proceed on many levels in Asia; Archers Daniels Midland files notice of intent to sue Mexico under NAFTA Chapter 11; ICSID registers two new bilateral investment treaty claims.

ITN October 11, 2003

In this issue: SD Myers arbitral award set for judicial review in Canada; UK investor loses BIT case against Czech Republic; Argentine Congress to allow utility rate hikes, impact on arbitrations unclear; Oil, gas and energy law intelligence service launched.

ITN October 8, 2003

In this Issue: EU insists investment is not off the WTO agenda; NAFTA Ministers issue statements, guidance on several aspects of arbitration; Transparency International ranks governments on perceived corruption; ASEAN bloc pursues deeper economic integration in order to compete with China on FDI; US oil company won damages in previously unreported 1999 investment treaty claim against Kazakhstan