Prof. Dr. Alexander Reuter * The ECJ’s Achmea and CETA rulings ; as well as the entire debate conducted on the issue so far, disregard one legal factor, that is, the binding legal effect of investors’ rights under investment treaties. That factor is, however, at the heart of the matter and decisive. Under EU procedural… Read More Taking Investors’ Rights Seriously: The Achmea and CETA Rulings of the European Court of Justice do Not Bar Intra-EU Investment Arbitration
Vishesh Sharma* and Vishakha Choudhary** Uniform jurisprudence concerning state counterclaims in investment arbitration remains elusive. Ordinarily, the conditions for their presentation are twofold: parties should have consented to arbitration of counterclaims, and the counterclaims should be connected to the primary claim. However, tribunals have oscillated between strict application of these criteria, to extreme dilution based… Read More Do New-Age International Investment Agreements Introduce a Method to the Madness of State Counterclaims in Investment Arbitration?
by Malcolm Katrak* Recently, the Delhi High Court in the case of Union of India v. Vodafone Group, passed an ex-parte order restraining the Vodafone Group from pursuing an investment arbitration claim against India under the India-United Kingdom Bilateral Investment Treaty (India- UK BIT). The Court held that multiple claims cannot be permitted by corporate… Read More The Vodafone Tax Dispute: Abuse of Process in International Investment Arbitration?
Nasim Gheidi & Parham Zahedi, Gheidi & Associates (See Part 1 and Part 2 of this post here and here) Iran’s Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) Iran has signed more than 100 BITs (More than 50 of which are in force) with capital-exporting and neighboring countries for the reciprocal promotion and protection of foreign investment in Iran. The purpose behind these… Read More Arbitration in Iran: With Focus on International Commercial Arbitration (Part III)
by Dr. Dominic Beckers-Schwarz, Lawyer, Paris On 7 March 2017, one day after the OECD Global Forum on International Investment, over one hundred stakeholders from businesses, trade unions, academics and OECD member states gathered for the one-day “3rd OECD Annual Conference on Investment Treaties”. The conference addressed issues concerning “evaluating and enhancing outcomes of… Read More What’s the value of investment treaties?
by Shiva Ghahremani (Konrad & Partners), Amirhossein Tanhaei (CMS) The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015 and subsequently the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iran, reintroduced the Iranian economy to the international trade and investment, leading Iran to return to the commercial mainstream. Just a few days ago, Tehran signed… Read More Iran’s Accession to ICSID: What to Expect?