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  • Year: 2017
  • Month: September

Advocate General Wathelet endorses intra-EU BITs

27 September 2017 Julia Grothaus; Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen, Europe; Germany

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In a much anticipated opinion in Slovak Republic v Achmea BV (Case C-284/16), Advocate General (“AG”) Wathelet has fostered investor-state arbitration under bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) between EU Member States (“intra-EU BITs”) by concluding that the arbitration clause in Article 8 of the 1991 Netherlands-Slovakia BIT is compatible with EU law, and that arbitral tribunals established thereunder may refer issues of EU law to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) for preliminary rulings.

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Delhi High Court rejects RBI’s intervention in arbitration proceedings to which it is not a party

21 September 2017 Ben Carroll, India

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In April 2017, the Delhi High Court made a decision in the much-publicised dispute between Tata Sons Ltd. (“Tata”) and NTT Docomo Inc. (“Docomo”). The period for an appeal to be made lapsed at the end of July 2017 and the judgment is expected to be a shot in arm for investment in India for it answers some of the objections raised by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”), India’s Central Bank, on the enforcement of an arbitral award involving the outflow of money from India to non-resident entities as damages.

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Post-award challenges to impartiality and independence in Germany

13 September 2017 Julia Grothaus; Rupert Bellinghausen, Europe; Germany

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Both the setting aside of arbitral awards and the impartiality and independence of arbitrators and experts are recurring topics in international arbitration. They particularly converge when facts giving rise to doubts about impartiality and independence become known only after an arbitral award has been rendered. In a recent decision, the German Federal Court of Justice abandoned long-standing German case law and set aside an award after an expert nominated by the arbitral tribunal had failed to disclose facts relating to his impartiality and independence. As the relevant statutory provisions apply to both experts and arbitrators, the decision will be highly relevant for challenge and enforcement proceedings in Germany.

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HKIAC consults on amendments to its arbitration rules

11 September 2017 Andrew Mullan; Shirley Au Yeung, Asia-Pacific; Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”) is consulting on amendments to the 2013 version of its Administered Arbitration Rules. The proposed changes incorporate a number of new provisions and amendments, highlighting HKIAC’s efforts to respond to the needs of its users and technological advances in dispute resolution. The changes may impact on how parties conduct their HKIAC arbitrations in the future and users are invited to submit comments by 2 October 2017.

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India and Bangladesh to issue joint interpretative note on bilateral investment treaty

05 September 2017 Ula Cartwright-Finch; Matthew Weiniger, Asia-Pacific; India

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A recent press announcement by the Government of India indicates that India and Bangladesh have recently agreed to issue a joint interpretative note in respect of the India Bangladesh Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments, 2009 (“India-Bangladesh BIT”) (the “Note”). According to the announcement, the Note would clarify the interpretations of various clauses in the treaty including the definitions of investor and investment, exclusion of taxation measures and other substantive standards such as most favoured nation, national treatment and fair and equitable treatment. The exact terms of the Note have not been released yet by either India or Bangladesh.

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