December 2003

ITN December 19, 2003

In this issue: Swedish firm wins Energy Charter Treaty case against Republic of Latvia; Azurix water company registers second Argentine claim, as first claim clears jurisdictional hurdle; ICSID Tribunal declines to halt investor arbitration in deference to State-to-State arbitration; Lawyers argue that Canadians excluded from Iraq contracts could sue under NAFTA; Countries differ over proposals to kick investment out of the WTO Doha Round; US announces conclusion of Central American talks, but Costa Rica calls a time-out.

ITN December 8, 2003

In this issue: New Japanese investment treaties pursue liberalization, in addition to protection; Germany signs updated BIT with China; US-Australia trade and investment negotiations go into overtime; Canadian court declines to set aside award in NAFTA Feldman arbitration; ICSID registers another BIT claim; Environmental NGO issues analysis on minimum standard of treatment.