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ITN  |  octobre 10, 2009

An ICSID Tribunal Introduces Innovative Steps Into Non-Disputing Party Procedure

  By Elizabeth Whitsitt October 11, 2009 In a high-profile arbitration involving mining interests owned by Piero Foresti, Laura de Carli and others versus the Republic of South Africa, an ICSID tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has accepted two petitions for participation by Non-Disputing Parties (“NDPs”) and imposed unprecedented procedural steps regarding document disclosure and participant feedback.  […]

ITN  |  octobre 1, 2009

In Brief: Telefonica and Argentina settle dispute

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 October 2009 The Spanish multinational Telefonica and Argentina have discontinued their arbitration at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The proceedings had been suspended since October 2006, as the parties worked towards a settlement agreement. Telefonica initiated its claim in 2002, alleging breaches of the Spanish-Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty. […]

ITN  |  septembre 30, 2009

Claim by Turkish investor against Pakistan over highway project dismissed on the merits

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 October 2009 A claim by a Turkish investor against Pakistan has been dismissed on its merits after the Tribunal concluded that Pakistani government officials did not conspire in bad faith to expel the investor. The Claimant, Bayindir Insaat Turizm Ticaret Ve Sanayi A.S. was contracted to build a six-lane motorway between […]

ITN  |  septembre 29, 2009

Claim by Cargill leads to another loss for Mexico

By Elizabeth Whitsitt 2 October 2009 Mexico has suffered another loss in a series of investor-state arbitral disputes involving its sugar industry. While attempts have been made by Mexico to consolidate similar cases involving its sugar trade, such efforts have been unsuccessful resulting in a number of separate arbitral decisions. Most recently, a tribunal convened […]

ITN  |  septembre 28, 2009

Ad Hoc Committee confirms Argentina is on the hook to Azurix for US$165 Million

By Elizabeth Whitsitt 2 October 2009 Marking a final setback for Argentina in its protracted dispute with US-based water services firm Azurix Corp, on 1 September 2009 an ad hoc committee denied Argentina’s application to annul an ICSID tribunal’s previous decision awarding Azurix approximately US$165 Million for breach of Argentina’s obligations under the US-Argentina Bilateral […]

ITN  |  août 31, 2009

El Salvador government considers ban on mining as permit freeze leads to CAFTA arbitration

By Fernando Cabrera Diaz 2 September 2009 El Salvador’s ruling FMLN party is considering a ban on precious metal mining in response to public opposition to perceived environmental degradation.  The government of El Salvador has not issued mining permits for two years, and as a result is now facing two arbitration claims before the International […]

ITN  |  août 28, 2009

Pantechniki S.A. Contractors & Engineers v. The Republic of Albania: Fork-in-the-road provision partially bars claim by Greek investor

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 September 2009 A Greek company’s decision to litigate in Albania’s domestic courts has prevented it from arbitrating a similar claim under the Albania-Greece bilateral investment treaty. The Claimant, Pantechniki S.A. Contractors & Engineers, sought to recoup losses sustained during the wide-spread civil strife that shook Albania in 1997 when some two-thirds […]

ITN  |  juillet 14, 2009

Arbitrators clash on question of interpretation in Hrvatska Electroprivreda d.d. v. The Republic of Slovenia

By Elizabeth Whitsitt 15 July 2009 On 12 June 2009 the majority of a Tribunal convened pursuant to a Request for Arbitration under the ICSID Arbitration Rules issued a partial award finding the Republic of Slovenia  liable (subject to further proceedings)* to Hrvatska Electroprivreda d.d. (HEP), the national electric company of Croatia, for the financial […]

ITN  |  juin 5, 2009

Ecuador continues exit from ICSID

By Fernando Carbrera Diaz 8 June 2009 Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa announced on May 30 that his country would be denouncing the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), calling the World Bank’s arbitration facility an atrocity and claiming that his government was working on a regional alternative involving the South American Union (UNASUR). […]

ITN  |  juin 5, 2009

Ecuador defies provisional measures in dispute with French oil company

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 8 June 2009 An ICSID tribunal authorized provisional measures on May 8th in an effort to stop the Government of Ecuador from seizing assets belong to the French oil company Perenco. Nonetheless, the state-owned Petroecuador attempted a week later to auction 1.4 million barrels of oil confiscated from Perenco, although no bidders […]

Tribunal orders compensation in Dutch farmers’ claims against Zimbabwe

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 28 April 2009 An ICSID tribunal has ordered the government of Zimbabwe to compensate a group of Dutch nationals who saw their farms expropriated under Zimbabwe’s controversial land-reform program. The victory is expected to lead other European nationals who lost farms in Zimbabwe to seek compensation under bilateral investment treaties. The thirteen […]

ITN  |  avril 23, 2009

Malaysian Historical Salvors jurisdictional award annulled; committee split on question of economic development as criteria of ICSID investments

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 23 April 2009 The members of an ICSID committee hearing an annulment request in Malaysian Historical Salvors v. the Government of Malaysia have come to starkly different conclusions on whether a foreign investment must contribute to the economic development of the host state in order to fall within the ambit of ICSID […]

ITN  |  avril 20, 2009

Tribunal disqualifies "abusive" claim by Phoenix Action against the Czech Republic

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 20 April 2009 A three-member tribunal has disqualified a claim by the Israeli-based Phoenix Action LTD, concluding that its purchase of two Czech companies was solely a pretext for exploiting the Israel-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaty. The jurisdictional award rendered on 15 April 2009 charges Phoenix Action with “an abuse of the […]

ITN  |  avril 3, 2009

Deutsche Bank targets Sri Lanka with a BIT claim connected to a hedging contract

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 3 April 2009 A dispute related to oil derivatives entered into by Sri Lanka’s state-run petroleum utility has led at least one foreign bank to file arbitration proceedings against the Government of Sri Lanka. The state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) entered into hedging contracts with a number of foreign and local banks […]

ITN  |  avril 2, 2009

European miners and South Africa suspend proceedings

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 April 2009 (Note: a correction has been made to this article. An explanation is posted below). A group of European’s with a stake in South Africa’s granite-quarrying sector and the Government of South Africa have agreed to suspend arbitration proceedings* for two months. The claimants—several Italians and a Luxembourg corporation—allege that […]

ITN  |  mars 30, 2009

CIT Group settles with Argentina

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 30 March 2009 The American finance company CIT Group has reached a settlement with Argentina, bringing to close ICSID arbitration proceedings which began in 2003. CIT Group had been seeking some US$124 million for alleged violations of the US-Argentina bilateral investment treaty, in one of the many disputes that arose with foreign […]

ITN  |  mars 27, 2009

Meg Kinnear electa como Secretaria General del CIADI

Por Damon Vis-Dunbar 3 de marzo 2009 Una ciudadana canadiense fue electa como la nueva secretaria del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) del Banco Mundial, la sede de alto perfil que atiende arbitrajes entre inversor-estado. Meg Kinnear, quien ha trabajado como abogada para el Gobierno canadiense desde 1984, dejará su […]

ITN  |  mars 23, 2009

South African court judgment bolsters expropriation charge over Black Economic Empowerment legislation in the mining sector

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 23 March 2009 A South African judicial ruling has opened the door for two plaintiffs to seek compensation for alleged expropriation of their mineral rights, in a case that echoes the complaints made by European investors in a pending international arbitration against South Africa under bilateral investment treaties. The judgment* comes in response […]

ITN  |  mars 5, 2009

Letter to the Editor: ICSID elects new Secretary-General

4 March 2009 Dear Sir, The lead article in the March 2009 issue of ITN regarding the election of Ms. Kinnear as ICSID Secretary-General is couched in unfortunate prose.  The author seems to advocate a political role for the incoming Secretary-General. Indeed, the article states: “In light of the attention ICSID receives, the role of the […]

ITN  |  mars 3, 2009

Meg Kinnear elected as Secretary-General of ICSID

By Damon Vis-Dunbar  3 March 2009 A Canadian national has been elected as the new Secretary-General of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the high-profile facility for investor-state arbitrations.  Meg Kinnear, who has worked as a lawyer for the Canadian government since 1984, will leave her post as Director General […]

ITN  |  février 23, 2009

ICSID registers claim by Spanish investor against Argentina over airline dispute

By Fernando Cabrera Diaz 20 February 2009 The Spanish investor Grupo Marsans is behind a claim against Argentina registered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes on 30 January 2009. A spokesperson for the Madrid-based Grupo Marsans, Angel Del Rio, said his company had launched those proceedings through a holding company, Teinver S.A, […]

ITN  |  janvier 16, 2009

Continental Casualty Company moves to annul award favourable to Argentina

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 16 January 2009 The Illinois-based Continental Casualty Company has moved to annul an ICSID award that was largely in favour of the Republic of Argentina. In a 5 September 2008 ruling, Continental Casualty was awarded US$2.8 million, a small part of the US$112 million that the firm claimed from Argentina after its […]

ITN  |  janvier 12, 2009

Argentina toma la ofensiva ya que Siemens se declara culpable de cargos de corrupción

Por Damon Vis-Dunbar 23 de Diciembre de 2008 Argentina ha rechazado el pedido de Siemens de suspender el procedimiento del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) donde un comité está considerando la solicitud de Argentina de revisar un laudo dictado en 2007, después de que la firma alemana asumiera que había […]

ITN  |  janvier 9, 2009

Tribunal pierces the corporate veil in jurisdictional decision involving Argentina

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 9 January 2009 Two out of three members of an ICSID tribunal have declined jurisdiction in a claim brought by TSA Spectrum de Argentina S.A. (TSA) against the Argentine Republic under the Netherlands-Argentina bilateral investment treaty, having determined that TSA is not covered by the treaty because it is owned by an […]

German firm fails to pass jurisdictional hurdle in claim against Argentina; decision provokes questions about the scope and applicability of MFN Protection

By Elizabeth Whitsitt 5 January 2009 An ICSID tribunal has declined jurisdiction in a claim brought by a German firm against the government of Argentina, in a decision that marks the unpredictability over whether a claimant can invoke a Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) clause to access an expedited arbitration process. The claimant, Wintershall Aktiengesellschaft, alleged that the […]

ITN  |  décembre 23, 2008

Argentina takes the offensive as Siemens pleads guilty to corruption charges

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 23 December 2008 Argentina has refused calls by Siemens to suspend proceedings at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in which a committee is considering Argentina’s request to revise a 2007 award, following the admission that the firm’s Argentinean subsidiary paid government officials in order to obtain a lucrative […]

Peru wins dispute with American energy firm over the scope of a stabilization agreement

By Fernando Cabrera Diaz 23 December 2008 The Republic of Peru has defended itself successfully against a claim initiated by Delaware-based Aguaytia Energy LLC (AEL). AEL had sought US$142 million as compensation for what it claimed was Peru’s violation of a stabilization agreement. However, the Tribunal disagreed and instead held that the stability agreement did […]

ITN  |  décembre 15, 2008

Se Debaten Méritos de Arbitraje entre Inversor-Estado en Seminario de Arbitraje Internacional auspiciado por Fiscal General ecuatoriano

Por Fernando Cabrera Díaz 9 de Diciembre, 2008 El 1-2 de diciembre Noticias sobre Tratados de Inversión asistió a un seminario de dos días sobre arbitraje internacional en Quito, Ecuador, auspiciado por la Procuraduría General de Ecuador. El seminario se enfocó en el arbitraje internacional de inversión y su relación con la soberanía estatal. Se […]

ITN  |  décembre 9, 2008

Merits of investor-state arbitration debated at international arbitration seminar hosted by Ecuador’s Attorney General

By Fernando Cabrera Diaz 9 December 2008 On 1-2 December Investment Treaty News attended a two-day seminar on international arbitration in Quito, Ecuador, hosted by Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office. The seminar focused on international investment arbitration and its relation to state sovereignty. Opinions from different sides of the debate were voiced, including from Ecuadorean government […]

ITN  |  décembre 8, 2008

Objeción de Guatemala a jurisdicción de tribunal rechazada en arbitraje del TLCAC-RD

Por Damon Vis-Dunbar 26 de Noviembre 2008 El primer arbitraje de inversión a ser iniciado bajo el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre la República Dominicana – América Central – Estados Unidos (TLCAC-RD) sigue avanzando después de que el Tribunal rechazara en noviembre una objeción a su jurisdicción presentada por Guatemala. Railroad Development Corporation (RDC), la […]

Investment Arbitration in Brazil: Yes or No?

By Elizabeth Whitsitt and Damon Vis-Dunbar30 November 2008 In 1991, Brazil began one of the world’s largest privatization programs, selling more than US$100 billion worth of assets. Seventeen years later and with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that ranks tenth in the world, Brazil is an industrial power that, according to the World Bank, is […]

Algeria prevails in dispute with Italian construction firms

By Suzy H. Nikiéma 28 November 2008 In a 12 November 2008 final award, an ICSID tribunal has dismissed all claims by two Italian investors, L.E.S.I S.p.A. and ASTALI S.p.A, in a dispute with the government of Algeria over a failed contract to construct a hydraulic dam. While the contract with the National Agency for […]

Belgium dredging companies fail in arbitration against Egypt

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 17 November 2008 The Egyptian government has deflected a US$ 80 million dollar claim by two companies hired to dredge the Suez Canal. Jan de Nul N.V. and Dredging International, both incorporated in Belgium, won a bid to dredge sections of the Suez Canal 1992, a job they completed some three years […]

ITN  |  octobre 29, 2008

Canadian investors sue Costa Rica alleging failure to protect their farm

By Fernando Cabrera Diaz and Damon Vis-Dunbar 29 October 2008 A tribunal has been constituted in an arbitration that pits a group of Canadian investors against the government of Costa Rica. The claimants—Vancouver-based Quadrant Pacific Growth Fund L.P. and Conasco Holdings Inc—allege that Costa Rican authorities failed to protect their orange plantations from peasants who […]

Plama Consortium Limited v. Republic of Bulgaria: Honesty is the best policy

By Elizabeth Whitsitt 30 September 2008 In a 27 August 2008 decision, a tribunal has concluded that Plama Consortium Limited (PCL), a Cyprus firm, was not entitled to protections afforded under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), given that it had fraudulently misrepresented itself when it invested in a privatized refinery, Nova Plama AD. In addition, […]

ITN  |  septembre 22, 2008

Ecuador hallado culpable por violación de contratos de compraventa de energía eléctrica y tratado de inversión

Por Damon Vis-Dunbar 29 de Agosto de 2008 El proveedor de electricidad Electroquil SA fue otorgado US$ 5.578.566 más intereses producto de varias violaciones de contratos de compraventa de energía eléctrica (en inglés, PPAs) respaldados por el gobierno de Ecuador. Si bien Ecuador también fue encontrado culpable por haber infringido el tratado bilateral de inversiones […]

ITN  |  septembre 22, 2008

Se garantiza estabilidad impositiva a inversores extranjeros en Perú

Por Elizabeth Whitsitt 29 de Agosto de 2008 En uno de los dos laudos dictados por el CIADI en agosto donde la firma estadounidense Duke Energy se encuentra involucrada, un tribunal declaró culpable a la República de Perú frente a Duke Energy International Peru Investments No. 1 Ltd. (DEI Bermuda) por daños que alcanzan los […]

Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. the Republic of Ecuador: US oil company passes jurisdictional hurdle in arbitration with Ecuador

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 22 September 2008 A tribunal has accepted jurisdiction in a dispute that pits two petroleum companies against the Government of Ecuador, allowing the case to proceed to the merits stage. The two claimants, Occidental Petroleum Company (OPC) and Occidental Exploration and Production Company (OEPC), are seeking more than US$ 3 billion after […]

Continental Casualty Company v. the Argentine Republic: Argentina emerges largely victorious in dispute related to country’s financial crisis

By Damon Vis-Dunbar September 10, 2008 In an award rendered on September 5, 2008, an arbitral tribunal has dismissed all but one of the claims brought by an American investor, Continental Casualty, against the government of Argentina. Argentina was found liable for damages of US$ 2.8 million plus interest: a fraction of the US$ 112 […]