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Thu, 19/10/2017
The Supreme Court has handed down an important judgment on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as incorporated into English law by the 1964 Diplomatic Privileges Act. The judgment considers the scope of a diplomat’s immunity to employment claims, international law on human trafficking, the scope of residual immunity when a diplomat ends his/her posting, and the principles that govern service of proceedings on a diplomat.  Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC and Sudhanshu Swaroop...
Tue, 17/10/2017
On 13 October 2017, Mr Justice Bryan (sitting as a deputy judge when hearing the case) handed down judgment in The Kyrgyz Republic v Stans Energy Corporation & Anor [2017] EWHC 2539 (Comm). That case concerned a jurisdiction challenge brought under section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in respect of an award rendered by a tribunal (Professor Karl-Heinz Boeckstiegel, the Hon. Colin Campbell QC and Stephen Jagusch QC) earlier this year, in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in London,...
Fri, 13/10/2017
Malcolm Jarvis is a contributing author to the practical and commercially focused third edition of the title 'Liquified Natural Gas' which provides a rare guide to the legal, regulatory, political and practical elements of today’s LNG business. Topics covered include: The latest developments in traditional LNG matters such as structuring projects, sale and purchase agreements and shipping LNG from shale and unconventional sources The forced reopening of contract terms...
Thu, 12/10/2017
The Lauterpacht Centre will be holding a Symposium on Friday 13th October 2017 to celebrate the life and work of Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC LLD, Honorary Professor Emeritus of International Law at the University of Cambridge, founder of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and member of 20 Essex Street, who died on 8 February 2017. The Symposium brings together Sir Eli’s former colleagues, students and friends to remember his influence on the law and their lives, and...
Wed, 11/10/2017
Dr Kate Parlett of 20 Essex Street and Sara Ewad co-authored this article discussing the rise in investment disputes with an environmental component. Key points the authors discuss include: More than 60 investment disputes filed since 2012 have involved some kind of environmental issue. Environmental obligations might be invoked by States against investors, by way of a counterclaim. The most likely basis of a counterclaim is the host State’s domestic law, binding on investors under...
Wed, 11/10/2017
Members of 20 Essex Street would like to congratulate Alexander Layton QC for being shortlisted for the 2017 King’s Award: Most Innovative Teacher. This award recognises the contribution of an individual (or group) over time which has led to a sustained impact that has significant benefits to the learning and teaching community at King's. Alex is a visiting professor at King's College London, teaching private international law. The winner will be announced on the...
Tue, 10/10/2017
As the new legal year started last week in London, the 20 Essex Street 'Jurisdiction & Conflicts of Laws Blog' is running a short series of posts covering developments and cases you might have missed over the summer. You can find the most recent updates and the archive here. Click here to subscribe to the blog.
Thu, 5/10/2017
It is with great pleasure that 20 Essex Street announces Colleen Hanley has been called to the Bar of Ireland. On the 4th October she was called to the Kings Inns and on the 5th October at the Supreme Court in Dublin. Colleen is well known for her practice across a broad range of commercial law including shipping, commodities and international arbitration. Her call to the Bar in Ireland will add to her versatility as a barrister who has considerable expertise in both UK and European...
Mon, 2/10/2017
Commercial and investment arbitral activity in relation to the energy and mining sectors of Africa and Latin America has risen rapidly. In the first of a series of events focusing on energy and mining arbitration in these two regions, on 28th of September, 20 Essex Street held (on this occasion in partnership with Ince & Co) an event discussing the landscape, the peculiarities, the issues to be considered prior to arbitration, cases, trends, and enforcement challenges, concerning energy and...
Fri, 29/9/2017
Dr Kate Parlett is speaking at the Permanent Court of Arbitration India Conference in New Delhi next Saturday 7 October, on advocacy in inter-State disputes. Kate will be drawing upon her experience as advocate before the International Court of Justice in disputes on matters including sovereignty over territory, maritime boundaries, and transboundary environmental harm. Kate will also participate as part of the faculty for a Capacity Building International Seminar on Investment on Treaty...