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Will life sciences provide a growth injection for international arbitration?

This blog post was first published on the Practical Law Arbitration blog. The use of international arbitration has expanded over the years to encompass a wide array of sectors. For example, while the majority of financial services disputes still end up in court, many of them are submitted to arbitration. Of the London Court of International Arbitration’s (LCIA’s) caseload in 2016, 20% comprised of such disputes. This was more than either construction or shipping. This raises the question of which other industry sectors might provide a larger number of arbitrations

Solar energy businesses entitled to compensation arising from ministerial proposal to curtail incentives

Breyer Group Plc and others v Department of Energy and Climate Change In a recent decision, the High Court (Coulson J) found that a number of businesses were entitled to damages caused by a ministerial proposal to curtail government incentives in the solar energy sector. The High Court considered that the proposal, although not enacted and subsequently found to be unlawful, amounted to an unjustified interference with the claimants’ possessions, giving rise to an entitlement to damages. Although related to incentives in the solar energy sector, the findings of the

Germany Reverses its Support for Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Germany has announced that it is opposing the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the TTIP.  Brigitte Zypries, a German junior Economy Minster, recently advised the German parliament that “special investment protection rules are not necessary” in the TTIP because “US investors in the European union have sufficient legal protection in the national courts.”  This announcement will present another complication for TTIP investment negotiators, particularly as France has previously expressed its opposition to including ISDS in the TTIP. Germany’s announcement appears to represent a stark reversal of its long-held

U.S. Supreme Court decides first case related to international investment treaty arbitration

The United States Supreme Court (the “Court”), on 5 March 2014, issued its first decision in the area of international investment treaty arbitration. The Court, by a 7-2 majority, decided BG Group PLC. v. The Republic of Argentina in favor of BG Group. The Court effectively elected not to second-guess procedural rulings made by investment treaty tribunals. The Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling that an UNCITRAL tribunal lacked the authority to decide a US$185 million dispute, and instead upheld the tribunal’s award in