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The foreign act of state doctrine in English arbitration proceedings

20 September 2018 Akshay Sewlikar, England & Wales; India

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In Reliance Industries v Union of India [2018] EWHC 822 Reliance Industries Limited and BG Exploration and Production India Limited (the “Claimants”) challenged awards made in favour of the Union of India (the “Government”) under the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “AA 1996”). The English High Court (the “Court”) had the opportunity to consider the issue of the applicability of the foreign act of state doctrine to English seated arbitration proceedings.

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Post-Achmea: Vattenfall tribunal maintains jurisdiction over intra-EU Energy Charter Treaty claim against Germany

13 September 2018 Kirstin Schwedt, Europe

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In a detailed decision, an ICSID tribunal hearing a dispute between Swedish Vattenfall and Germany over the state’s phase out of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/12) has maintained jurisdiction to hear the dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”). The decision follows objections raised by Germany after the Achmea-judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”). We have previously reported on implications of Achmea for ECT-claims and the European Commissions’ view of the Achmea-judgment here.

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Company loses second attempt to enforce award against India

31 August 2018 Akshay Sewlikar, England & Wales; India

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In Hardy v Government of India and IIFC (UK) [2018] EWHC 1916 (Comm), the English Commercial Court discharged an interim third-party debt order awarded to support an oil and gas company’s UNCITRAL award against India. The Court refused to grant a final order because the debt was situated in India and Indian law would not recognise an English third-party debt order. Additionally, the jurisdictional requirement under CPR Rule 72.2 that the relevant debt must be “due or accruing due” was not met.

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English High Court considers the interpretation of an arbitration clause written in a foreign language

A recent decision of the English High Court provides important guidance about the interpretation of arbitration clauses under English law when first written in a foreign language. The essence of the judgment is that, where the translation is contested, any ambiguity should be resolved by standard methods of contractual construction.

22 August 2018 Stephen Lacey, England & Wales; Europe

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ICSID releases draft of new rules

The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has published the proposed amendments to its rules. The proposals mark the latest development in ICSID’s rule amendment project which aims to modernise the ICSID rules and make the dispute resolution process more time and cost effective and less paper-intensive. ICSID describes the proposed changes as the most far-reaching amendments in 50 years.

16 August 2018 Sadie Buls, Asia-Pacific; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America

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New Ruling by the Madrid High Court of Justice: Arbitration and Public Policy

On 5 April 2018, the Civil and Criminal Chamber of the Madrid High Court of Justice (Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid, TSJM) set aside an arbitral award as contrary to public policy, because the challenged award contained “an unreasonable assessment of the evidence and unreasonable failure to apply applicable rules”.

10 August 2018 Emma Morales, Europe; Spain

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English commercial court considers requirement for party to be given fair opportunity to respond

In the recent decision of Grindrod Shipping v Hyundai Merchant Marine [2018] EWHC 1284, the English Commercial Court considered the degree to which issues relied upon by the tribunal must have been put before it; in particular, whether points raised by one of the parties in one context can be deployed by the tribunal in another. The short answer is that there is no problem with this, provided the issues can be said to have been “in play” so as to give the other a fair opportunity to respond.

07 August 2018 Sadie Buls; Stephen Lacey, England & Wales; Europe

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