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Tue, 27/6/2017
Dr Kate Parlett’s article on jurisdiction of law of the sea tribunals has been published in the journal Ocean Development and International Law. In several recent Awards, Part XV tribunals constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea have been called upon to decide claims based on rights and obligations that find their source in a treaty, agreement, or otherwise binding instrument other than the Convention itself, or on customary international law. This article considers the...
Mon, 26/6/2017
J William Rowley was interviewed for Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review's Thought Leaders Arbitration 2017 which aims to bring together insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost arbitration practitioners and "showcase these lawyers’ expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters...also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their...
Thu, 22/6/2017
The UK’s current system of economic sanctions is highly dependent on EU legislation. With Brexit, that will inevitably change. The FCO has therefore released a white paper making proposals for domestic sanctions legislation, and inviting experts to comment. Monica Feria-Tinta and Alistair Wooder have produced a paper contributing to the consultation (below). The key issues explored include (1) the standard of proof that should apply before a person can be placed on a sanctions list and (2...
Tue, 20/6/2017
On the 20 Essex Street Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws blog Josephine Davies reviews the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Dexia Crediop SpA v Comune di Prato [2017] EWCA Civ 428 (15 June 2017) which comes as a blow for litigants who hope that foreign law will allow them to escape from liability under English law contracts. This case arose from a claim by Dexia (the Bank) for some EUR 6.5 million due under an interest rate swap. The contract was...
Mon, 19/6/2017
This week, Dr Kate Parlett will participate in a workshop in Washington DC addressing issues of competition and collaboration amongst international courts and tribunals. The workshop, which is organized by PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo, will bring together judges of international courts, leading practitioners in international dispute settlement, and academics to discuss the potential for cross-...
Fri, 16/6/2017
On 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain issued statements cutting ties with Qatar – allegedly as a response to what is said to be Qatar’s attempts to destabilise the region by funding Islamic militants. Over  the past 2 weeks, a coalition of Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia has imposed various restrictions on dealings with Qatar.
Wed, 14/6/2017
Based on his experience assisting the coordination of the Bar Council response to the consultation on the 2011/2012 Jackson reforms Christopher Hancock QC will join the 'Assessing the state of civil justice in 2017' panel at the CDR Summer Litigation Symposium 2017 to consider the implementation of the reforms suggested by Lord Justice Briggs and Lord Justice Jackson on commercial litigation practice. The panel will also address the modernisation of the civil justice...
Mon, 12/6/2017
At The London Centre for International Law Practice 2nd Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa. Gordon Nardell QC gave a presentation on the growth of renewables in sub-Saharan Africa and the way it is shaping disputes in the region. Among other things, Gordon cited the South African REIPP programme and its impact on the courts’ approach to environmental impact assessment of proposals for new fossil-fired generating capacity....
Fri, 9/6/2017
Monica Feria-Tinta is to appear as amicus curiae in proceedings before the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Her amicus curiae intervention is in connection with the Constitutional Court of Colombia’s examination of Acto Legislativo 1 of 4 April 2017, adopted by Congress, following the Peace Accords, which creates the legal framework for the transitional justice to prosecute serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed during the armed conflict in Colombia. Monica...
Mon, 5/6/2017
The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the MSC Eugenia case – MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA v Glencore International AG [2017] EWCA Civ 36. In this 20 Essex Street Bulletin Matthew McGhee highlights that in doing so, the Court warned carriers about the use of technological shortcuts without reflecting this in their agreements, reminding parties of the need to comply with their particular contractual requirements.