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New Accessions to the New York Convention by African States

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has become the 33rd African State to accede to the 1958 New York Convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, which entered into force in the DRC on 3 February 2015. Read more

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Is South Africa Alone in the FDI Regulation Revisionism? By Azwimpheleli Langalanga

Since President Mbeki's administration gave way to that of President Jacob Zuma, South Africa has taken a back seat on international issues. Read more

Case Updates

Uganda wins tax case against Heritage Oil

Heritage Oil, a U.K. Oil and Gas exploration company has been ordered to pay Uganda over US$ 400 million in costs after a tribunal sitting in London dismissed its claims against the State. Read more

New ICSID Claim Against Kenya

On 23 February 2015, ICSID registered a new claim against Kenya (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/7).  The Claimant is a privately-owned geothermal power investor, WalAm Energy Inc.  The dispute relates to a geothermal energy development. The Claimant is represented by JMiles & Co. of Nairobi, Kenya. The Respondent is represented by the Attorney General of Kenya and the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Nairobi, Kenya.  The tribunal is yet to be constituted.

First ICSID Threat for Swaziland

In 2010, South African Resources (SAR) and the Swazi government founded the SG Iron Ore Mining joint venture (SG) to operate a mine in Swaziland, with both parties holding a 50% stake. SAR now reproaches the King Mswati III’s appointee to SG’s Board with not allowing any sale of iron since last August, precipitating SG in a cash crisis. Read more

Standard Chartered Bank v. Tanzania (Decision on Jurisdiction and Liability), ICSID Case No. ARB/10/20, 2 December 2014

Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) (whose interest was later acquired by Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong Limited (SCB HK)) and Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO, a company owned by the Republic of Tanzania) entered into a Power Purchasing Agreement in 1995, under which IPTL was to build and operate an electricity generating facility in Tanzania.  In return, TANESCO was to make payments to IPTL, according to a tariff formula.  Read more

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