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  • Year: 2017
  • Month: April

State Immunity from Enforcement in The Netherlands

25 April 2017 Marc Krestin; Sebastiaan Barten, Europe; The Netherlands

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In its judgment of 30 September 2016, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that assets of foreign states cannot be subject to attachment and enforcement in The Netherlands, unless those assets are used for non-governmental purposes.

In its judgments of 14 October 2016, the Dutch Supreme Court confirmed this general presumption of sovereign immunity from enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards against a foreign state’s assets.

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First-ever ICC European Conference

25 April 2017 Roland Ziade; Pierre Duprey, Europe; France

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International arbitration in Europe takes centre stage this month with the first-ever ICC European Conference, which launches Paris Arbitration Week today.  Paris Arbitration partners Pierre Duprey and Roland Ziadé take us through the close relationship the region has with the popular dispute resolution process and discuss the relevance of the much anticipated event.

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UK Supreme Court on security and challenging enforcement of arbitral awards

20 April 2017 Rebecca James, England & Wales; Europe

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The UK Supreme Court has recently overturned a ruling of the Court of Appeal which effectively required the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) to provide security as a condition to challenging the enforcement of an award on public policy grounds pursuant to section 103(3) of the Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Arbitration Act).  This decision represents the latest development in a long-running legal saga involving protracted proceedings to challenge the award in Nigeria as well as enforcement proceedings in England.

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Arbitration in MENA: a continuing growth, further modernisation and a few challenges

18 April 2017 Roland Ziade, Middle East

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The number of parties involved in ICC Arbitration in the MENA region continues to be on the rise. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of parties from North Africa increased by almost 50%, accounting for more than one-third of all African parties.

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The High Court rules on the English court's powers in support of arbitral proceedings against non-signatories

12 April 2017 Joanne Finnegan, England & Wales; Europe

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The English court’s powers in support of arbitral proceedings in section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 are not exercisable against non-parties to an arbitration

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A heightened level of review of arbitral awards in the context of money laundering allegations

11 April 2017 Johanne Brocas, Europe; France

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The Paris Appeal Court has annulled an arbitral award rendered against the Kirghizstan Republic for violation of the BIT between Latvia and Kirghizstan on the ground that the enforcement of the award in France would result in allowing the investor to benefit from fraudulent money laundering activities.

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“Adverse inference” doctrine endorsed by the Paris Appeal Court

11 April 2017 Johanne Brocas, Europe; France

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In a decision of 28 February 2017, the Paris Appeal Court held that the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration 2010 (the IBA Rules of Evidence) were applicable as long as the rules were agreed upon by the parties in the Procedural Order n°1.  Further, the court ruled that the tribunal was entitled to apply the adverse inference doctrine provided at Article 9(5) of the IBA Rules of Evidence.

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