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  • Year: 2018

Intra-EU investment arbitration post-Achmea: A look at the additional remedies offered by the ECHR and EU law

24 April 2018 Guillaume Croisant; Xavier Taton, Europe

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In its landmark Achmea case, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) found the arbitration provision of the bilateral investment treaty (“BIT”) between the Netherlands and Slovakia to be incompatible with EU law (see our previous post for a first analysis).

This decision potentially affects the roughly 200 BITs concluded between the EU Member States, although its overall implications are far from clear. Against that background, however, investors in EU Member States who object to State measures which have impacted their investments elsewhere in the EU might be expected to look for additional routes to a remedy. What might these be? Two which stand out for closer analysis in particular are the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) and the fundamental principles of EU law.

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Successful challenge on basis of serious irregularity – A tribunal’s failure to deal with contribution claim

13 April 2018 Sadie Buls, England & Wales

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In P v D & Ors [2017] EWHC 3273 (Comm), London’s Commercial Court upheld a challenge to a London Court of International Arbitration award brought under s.68 Arbitration Act 1996 for serious irregularity. The claimant sought remission of the award on the basis that the Tribunal failed to deal with all the issues that were put to it (in particular, it failed to consider the claimant’s contribution claim in the proceedings), thereby causing the claimant substantial injustice. In its judgment, the Court identified a number of errors in the Tribunal’s award and provided guidance on when a LCIA Tribunal can exercise post-award powers to make corrections or issue additional awards under the LCIA Rules.

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Does a slip buy more time? English High Court considers the relationship between corrections of awards and time limits for appeal

05 April 2018 Stephen Lacey, England & Wales; Europe

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In DSMG v Songa [2018] EWHC 538 (Comm), the English High Court has examined whether an application to the tribunal to make straightforward corrections to an award extends, under the English Arbitration Act 1996 (the “Act”), the period for bringing a challenge in court against the award. It appears that it is only where an application for corrections is material - in the sense of enabling a party to know whether it has grounds to challenge an award - that it will do so.

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To reform or to update? Thoughts from the BICCL 16th Annual Review of the UK Arbitration Act

29 March 2018 Stephen Lacey; Sadie Buls, England & Wales

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The British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted the 16th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act at the end of last year. At the event, speakers discussed whether the Arbitration Act 1996 (“the Act”) is currently in need of reform. The speakers agreed that a complete overhaul of the Act is not required, but all highlighted different areas that might usefully be revisited due to developments in international arbitration in the past two decades.

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OHADA adopts new texts on arbitration and mediation

20 March 2018 Clément Fouchard; Roland Ziade, Africa

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The revised OHADA Uniform Act on Arbitration (the Arbitration Act) and revised Rules on Arbitration of the Joint Court of Justice and Arbitration (the CCJA) (the Rules), as well as the new Uniform Act on Mediation (the Mediation Act), entered into force on 15 March 2018. The fruit of nearly two years of consultations among the 17 Member States of the Organisation for the Harmonization of Corporate Law in Africa (OHADA), these new acts will apply to all proceedings initiated as of such effective date. These acts had all been approved on 23 November 2017 by the OHADA Council of Ministers.

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CJEU judgment in Slovak Republic v. Achmea BV: intra-EU BITs incompatible with EU law

13 March 2018 Julia Grothaus; Rupert Bellinghausen, Europe; Germany

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In the much anticipated judgment of 6 March 2018 (Case C-284/16), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) found the arbitration provision of the bilateral investment treaty (“BIT”) between the Netherlands and Slovakia to be incompatible with EU law. As the decision potentially affects not less than 196 BITs between EU Member States (“intra-EU BITs”), it is likely to have significant consequences for the world of intra-EU BIT arbitration. Yet, its overall implications are far from clear, so that the judgment will loom large for some time to come.

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English High Court considers the impact of third party funding in the context of a challenge to an Award

28 February 2018 Mikhail Vishnyakov, England & Wales

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In Progas Energy Limited et al v the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [2018] EWHC 209 (Comm) the English High Court considered the conditions to be imposed on the Claimants who sought to challenge an award.

The Court ordered security for costs against the Claimants notwithstanding the fact that they had the support of a commercial third party funder. However, third party funding did not impact on the Court’s refusal to order, as a condition of the challenge, the security of sums due under the award being challenged.

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An Introduction to Drafting an Arbitration Clause

21 February 2018 Matthew Weiniger, England & Wales

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What should you be asking yourself when beginning to draft an arbitration clause? In this video, Matthew Weiniger QC, Partner and Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, provides an introduction to the topic and some of the main points for consideration.

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Successful section 68 challenge where no opportunity to make submissions on costs

14 February 2018 Joanne Finnegan, England & Wales

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In Oldham v. QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd [2017] EWHC 3045 (Comm), the Commercial Court allowed a challenge to an arbitral award under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 on grounds of serious irregularity where the applicant had not been given a reasonable opportunity to make submissions as to costs.

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Brexit and International Arbitration in London

08 February 2018 Matthew Weiniger, England & Wales; Europe

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Matthew Weiniger QC, Dispute Resolution Partner & Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, has produced a short video discussing the impact of Brexit on the practice of international arbitration in London. 

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Set aside decision highlights important practice point for Requests for Arbitration under LCIA rules

31 January 2018 Stephen Lacey; Sadie Buls; Matthew Weiniger, England & Wales

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In A v B [2017] EWHC 3417 London’s Commercial Court held that the LCIA rules did not permit a Request for Arbitration filed by the claimant to include related claims under two contracts and their associated LCIA arbitration agreements (thereby denying the tribunal jurisdiction). Claimants in LCIA arbitrations may therefore well wish to consider filing multiple requests in like circumstances in future.

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New 2018 DIS Arbitration Rules – a modern, efficient and flexible frame-work for solving disputes

30 January 2018 Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen; Kirstin Schwedt, Germany

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The German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. – DIS) has thoroughly revised its arbitration rules. The previous DIS Rules, which have been in force since 1998, functioned well in practice and are very popular in international agreements involving German parties. However, particularly in view of the reform projects of other national and international arbitration institutions, it was time to modernise the rules. Thanks to the revision, the DIS is even better positioned in competition with other arbitration institutions and even more so in competition with state courts.

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Mauritius Convention on transparency enters into force

25 January 2018 Sadie Buls, Asia-Pacific; Europe; North America

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The United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (the "Mauritius Convention") entered into force on 18 October 2017. An important development in investor-State dispute settlement (“ISDS”), the Mauritius Convention significantly expands the circumstances in which new transparency provisions – concerning arbitration commencement, publication of documents, third-party input, public hearings and confidential information – may apply. While it will be some time before the Mauritius Convention has broad application, it represents an important evolution for ISDS which has significant implications for States and investors alike.

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Changes afoot for tribunal secretaries at the LCIA

16 January 2018 Sadie Buls, England & Wales

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The London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) has recently implemented new guidelines concerning the use of tribunal secretaries with effect from 26 October 2017. The Yukos arbitration and recent English case law concerning an LCIA tribunal secretary has raised interest in their role and there is also an increasing trend amongst institutions to provide greater clarity and transparency of their role (of which the LCIA’s guidelines are part).

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Do arbitration clauses catch cartel damages claims? First German court decision answers this question in the affirmative

09 January 2018 Dr. Rupert Bellinghausen; Julia Grothaus, Europe; Germany

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Whilst the CJEU’s 2015 landmark decision in CDC v. Akzo Nobel et al. considered whether cartel damages claims fall within the scope of jurisdiction clauses in favour of EU Member States, what about arbitration clauses? The first German court decision on this issue, handed down by the Regional Court of Dortmund (Landgericht Dortmund), has concluded that, where German law applies to the clause, they do – irrespective of whether the clause is worded broadly or narrowly (judgment of 13 September 2017, case no. 8 O 30/16 [Kart]).

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