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Turkish court defies int’l tribunal in dispute over company seized in wake of coup - FT
Ankara is in conflict with an international investment tribunal after a Turkish court has rejected a demand to halt criminal proceedings regarding a Turkish media tycoon and his family.
The case of Ampal v Egypt: What are the parameters of the due diligence standard?
A reasonable ICSID Tribunal would have followed the paths of previous arbitral decisions in determining the liability of a host state under the Full Protection and Security obligation, the Ampal Tribunal did not.
Tribunal awards India first BIT case win, dismissing claims of French investor
An UNCITRAL arbitral tribunal has reportedly dismissed a US$36 million claim by a French investor, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs SAS (“LDA“), against India under the 1997 France-India bilateral investment treaty.
TDM call for papers: Cybersecurity in international arbitration (special issue)
There is a manifest need for the international arbitration community to begin to develop a shared understanding of the scope of the threat and the appropriate response.
Maldives feels the weight of China’s regional ambitions
Even before China and the Maldives last month signed the FTA in question, the paradisaic archipelago’s increasing economic dependence on China was raising red flags.
THAAD reprisals undermine China FTA
China has shown no hesitation in disregarding its obligations under the free trade agreement with South Korea to take retaliatory measures against the deployment of a US missile defense system in the peninsula, say Korean media
Trade politics in flux: what social movement responses?
Instead of settling for more “inclusive” brands of capitalism, we ought to reclaim and build a clear and radical political and economic vision.
ICSID arbitrators turn investment treaty into insurance policy against terrorism
The consequence of this decision is that investors would likely be put above all other victims of terrorism and related political violence in conflict areas. That is shocking from the perspective of international justice.
Arbitrator rules Egypt must compensate EMG
The international arbitration panel ruled that Egypt failed to protect the Sinai pipeline from terrorists.
Post-Brexit dreams of empire: arms, free trade and corporate conquest
A new era of corporate ’free trade’ colonialism looms, spearheaded by aid spending, with ramped-up arms exports to the world’s most corrupt and repressive regimes
APC claims RCEP will intensify landgrabbing and militarization
Groups vow not to pass RCEP
A BIT too late
It is likely that the Antrix case — which could see the Government of India paying $1 billion if it loses — would have had a different outcome had the new model BIT been at issue.
TPP- the cooperation and capacity building chapter
Broadly focusing on the militarization of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, “the Cooperation and Capacity Building” chapter should provide context to just how threatening this Pacific partnership is to the region.
Japan, Mongolia affirm closer economic ties via free trade pact
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg to advance economic cooperation between the two countries on the back of a free trade agreement
GCC leaders to meet with President Obama
Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be meeting with President Barack Obama this week at the White House and at Camp David. The six member nations of the GCC include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.
The free trade treaty that destroyed Mexico
Mexico is the clearest example of the consequences treaties could have on the economic, political and financial life of a nation and its society.
US Defense Secretary urges approval of TPP
US defense chief calls TPP one of the most important parts of the US re-balancing toward Asia-Pacific, including its military relationships.
Why are weapons-makers excited by TTIP?
The arms industry is hoping that the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will provide it with greater opportunities.
How the Mexican drug trade thrives on free trade
US policy—specifically the militarization of the border since NAFTA—has strengthened cartels’ power and enabled them to diversify their operations deeper into the legal economy.
Privacy and the e-commerce chapter of the TPP
US proposals for free flow of information across borders and a ban on local server requirements could hamper other governments’ ability to uphold national privacy laws and regulations for off-shored personal data