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Thu, 18/4/2019
On 10 April 2019 the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea rendered its judgment in the Norstar Case (Panama v Italy). Paolo Busco from 20 Essex Street acted for Italy. The Tribunal found that Italy did not breach Articles 87(2) and 300 of the UNCLOS. It found (by 15 votes to 7) that Italy breached Article 87(1), but reduced damages to less than 1% of the amount sought by Panama.  The case originates from the arrest and detention in 1999 of the M/V Norstar, a vessel flying the flag...
Wed, 17/4/2019
Pan Ocean Co. Ltd v. China-Base Group Co. Ltd [2019] EWHC 982 (Comm) Shipping lawyers could have been forgiven for thinking that the Brandt v. Liverpool contract – an implied contract between shipowner and cargo receiver on the terms of a bill of lading – was all but extinct. The repeal of the Bills of Lading Act 1855 and its replacement by the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992 has removed the need for a Brandt v. Liverpool contract in most circumstances. However, in...
Thu, 11/4/2019
As a founding member of London International Disputes Week (LIDW), 20 Essex Street is pleased to be one of the hosts of an interactive session which will focus on technology and its increasingly vital role in dispute resolution. The session will be held at the offices of CMS in London at 2pm on the first day of LIDW: Tuesday 7 May. The event will explore: How Courts and arbitral institutions are developing innovative processes and procedures to resolve disputes in the technological age....
Wed, 10/4/2019
If the UK crashes out of the EU, Brussels I Recast (Reg 1215/2012) will cease to apply. This may be good reason to rush to issue proceedings to anchor a claim in England using the domicile provision of Article 4 of Brussels I Recast and then bring in non-EU parties through PD6B’s “necessary or proper party” gateway. The Supreme Court’s decision today in Vedanta Resources PLC v Lungowe [2019] UKSC 20 is important reading for anyone considering that course of action. It...
Tue, 9/4/2019
Monica Feria-Tinta will be teaching in the Investment Law and Arbitration course organised by The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, in collaboration with Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education, University of Cambridge.  This is a five-day advanced introduction to international investment law and arbitration, taking place on 27-31 May 2019.  It is designed for government lawyers, in-house lawyers/executives, and lawyers in private practice. For...
Tue, 2/4/2019
The Indian Supreme Court has appointed Nakul Dewan to Senior Advocate. Nakul is one of the youngest of the 37 lawyers to be awarded Senior Advocate (SA) status, and it is the first time in four years that any SA appointment has been made.     The committee which carried out the Senior Advocate nomination process comprised of the Chief Justice of India, the two most senior judges of the Supreme Court of India, the Attorney General for India and a nominated member of the Bar....
Mon, 1/4/2019
Dr Philippa Webb was awarded the American Society of International Law’s "Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Lawyers and Scholars" alongside her co-authors Dame Rosalyn Higgins GBE QC,  Dapo Akande, Sandesh Sivakumaran, and James Sloan. The prize was awarded for Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations (Oxford University Press, 2017).  The Awards Committee said "This work offers a comprehensive and impeccably...
Fri, 29/3/2019
In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s surprise ruling in Jam v IFC, the corridors of the World Bank echo with metaphors of alarm. Chief Justice Roberts, joined by six Associate Justices (with Justice Stephen Breyer in lonely dissent), have opened Pandora’s Box, tipping out cats onto pigeons and sending an applecart rolling to an untidy fate. The decision opens the door to litigation in the US against international organisations (“IOs”) as long as the claim relates to...
Wed, 27/3/2019
Many congratulations to all those recognised as leading practitioners in The Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist UK, launched last night at the new International Arbitration Centre. The International Arbitration Powerlist UK highlights the top 200 characters across the UK’s law firms and at the Bar. These individuals demonstrate the quality and depth of expertise London offers as a global centre for arbitration. Amongst them, from 20 Essex Street: The Honourable Charles N Brower...
Thu, 21/3/2019
On 14 March, Simon Thorley IJ gave judgment in the Singapore International Commercial Court in the cryptocurrency trading case, B2C2 Ltd v Quoine Pte Ltd [2019] SGHC(I) 03. It is interesting not only for the description of algorithmic trading on cryptocurrency exchanges, but also because it contemplates the possibility of there being trusts of cryptocurrencies and analyses the doctrine of mistake in the context of the automatic making of contracts by computer programs. Read the full...