TCE

La modernisation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie : qu’en est-il de l’extinction ?

Les négociations pour la modernisation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie, un accord de 1994 réglementant le commerce, l’investissement et d’autres aspects du secteur de l’énergie entre ses parties contractantes, devraient débuter avant la fin de l’année 2019. Pourtant, compte tenu de la nécessité de réformer le RDIE, identifiée dans pléthore d’autres enceintes, et de veiller à ce que les accords commerciaux et d’investissement appuient des actions climatiques ambitieuses, l’on peut se demander pourquoi les représentants officiels et commentateurs ne sont pas plus nombreux à discuter de la possibilité d’éteindre complètement le TCE, ou de revoir sa clause de survie pour les parties qui souhaitent s’en retirer ? Tania Voon examine la question et propose quelques options pour la suite.

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La saga espagnole de l’énergie renouvelable : ses enseignements pour le droit international de l’investissement et le développement durable

Depuis qu’elle a pris la décision en 2010 d’abroger plusieurs mesures réglementaires visant à attirer plus d’investissements dans les secteurs de l’énergie renouvelable, l’Espagne a fait face à une quarantaine d’arbitrages. Cet article examine les sentences rendues dans quatre de ces affaires, s’intéressant en particulier à la manière dont les tribunaux ont interprété et appliqué la norme TJE. L’auteure s’intéresse aux problèmes pouvant éventuellement en découler lorsque les États ne savent pas comment un tribunal spécifique interprétera le TJE et d’autres normes essentielles, et propose quelques solutions possibles.

La diligence raisonnable de l’investisseur et le Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie

Les négociations relatives à la modernisation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie devraient débuter plus tard dans l’année, et un ensemble de points pour examen par les parties a déjà été annoncé. Cet article examine les perspectives de mises à jour de la formulation actuelle du TJE dans le TCE, et analyse la manière dont cette norme a été interprétée dans d’anciennes affaires d’arbitrage fondées sur les énergies renouvelables. L’auteure argue en faveur de l’inclusion d’une obligation de diligence raisonnable pour les investisseurs, qui permettrait de veiller à ce que ceux-ci anticipent les risques éventuels de modification par un État de son cadre réglementaire.

L’Italie est jugée coupable suite à la modification de sa politique en matière d’énergies renouvelables dans un arbitrage intra-UE

GREENTECH ENERGY SYSTEMS A/S & ORS. C. LA RÉPUBLIQUE D’ITALIE, ARBITRAGE CCS V (2015/095)

La décision d’un tribunal du CIRDI reconnait l’Espagne coupable de violation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie

ANTIN INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES LUXEMBOURG S.À.R.L. ET ANTIN ENERGIA TERMOSOLAR B.V. C. LE ROYAUME D’ESPAGNE, AFFAIRE CIRDI N° ARB/13/31

Un tribunal du CIRDI estime que l’Espagne a violé la norme TJE au titre du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie

MASDAR SOLAR & WIND COOPERATIEF U.A. C. LE ROYAUME D’ESPAGNE, AFFAIRE CIRDI N° ARB/14/1

L’ensemble des demandes formulées par Isolux Infrastructure Pays-Bas à l’encontre de l’Espagne ont été rejetées

Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. c. le Royaume d’Espagne, Affaire CCS n° V2013/153

Les investisseurs triomphent sur l’Espagne dans un recours concernant une modification réglementaire en matière d’énergie renouvelable

Eiser Infrastructure Limited et Energía Solar Luxembourg S.à r.l. c. le Royaume d’Espagne, Affaire ICSID nº ARB/13/36

L’élargissement de la Charte de l’Énergie à l’Afrique et à l’Asie : défaire la réforme du droit international de l’investissement ?

Le Secrétariat de la Charte de l’Énergie est en « mode expansion », et souhaite obtenir l’accès aux ressources énergétiques d’Afrique et d’Asie pour ces membres actuels – principalement des pays développés – et développer un système de protection de l’investissement de grande portée (et obsolète) au bénéfice des investissements réalisés dans des pays riches en ressources.

ITN  |  janvier 14, 2013

News in Brief

Canada receives investor complaints over provincial energy and environment policies In recent months the government of Canada has received two complaints related to energy and environmental policies adopted by its provinces. Both investors have served Ottawa with notices of intent to submit a claim to arbitration under NAFTA’s investment chapter. A Delaware-based energy firm is […]

ITN  |  juillet 19, 2012

News in Brief

Vattenfall launches new claim against Germany The Swedish state-run energy firm Vattenfall has launched a second claim against Germany. The claim stems from Germany’s May 2011 decision to phase-out its nuclear power plants, in which 8 plants have been shuttered and the remaining 9 plants to be closed over the next decade. While Germany has […]

ITN  |  juillet 19, 2012

Trends in Investor Claims Over Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Energy

As governments increasingly turn to renewable energy to mitigate climate change, domestic climate-related policies in the form of price support measures such as feed-in tariffs (FiTs) have played an important role in stimulating the much needed investment—public and private, domestic and foreign—in the sector. Feed-in tariffs are characterized by guaranteed electricity purchase prices (set higher […]

ITN  |  janvier 12, 2012

Awards and Decisions

Arbitrator sharply critical of majority decision in Italian bondholder claim against Argentina Abaclat and Others (Case formerly known as Giovanna a Beccara and Others) v. Argentine Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/07/5 Damon Vis-Dunbar Professor Georges Abi-Saab has delivered a sharply worded dissent against a decision that granted jurisdiction to an ICSID case involving tens of […]

ITN  |  janvier 12, 2012

News in Brief

Philip Morris files for arbitration over intellectual property dispute with Australia The tobacco company Philip Morris filed for arbitration on 21 November 2011, claiming the government of Australia’s regulations on cigarette branding breach the Hong Kong-Australia bilateral investment treaty. The announcement arrived on the same day that the Australian Parliament passed legislation that bans most […]

ITN  |  avril 7, 2011

Awards and decisions

UK firm victorious in dispute with Russia, but damages much less than claimed RosInvestCo UK Ltd.  v. The Russian Federation, SCC Case No. Arb. V079/2005 Lise Johnson In an award dated 12 September 2010, the tribunal in RosInvestCo v. Russian Federation issued an award in which it found that the Russian Federation had unlawfully expropriated […]

ITN  |  mars 10, 2010

Hearings take place in dispute between Electrabel and Hungary despite snowy weather

By Elizabeth Whitsitt March 11, 2010 Despite snow storm interruptions a tribunal, composed of Mr. V.V. Vedeer, Ms. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, and Ms. Brigitte Stern, heard the merits of the dispute between Belgium-based energy firm Electrabel SA and Hungary last month. Along with AES Summit Generation Limited v. Republic of Hungary, the Electrabel SA v. Republic […]

ITN  |  février 10, 2010

Tribunal’s decision in anticipated Yukos case released to public

By Elizabeth Whitsitt February 14, 2010 Three highly anticipated decisions permitting three claimants – all former shareholders of Yukos Oil Corporation OJSC (Yukos) – to proceed to the merits phase of their multi-billion dollar expropriation claim against the Russian government have been released to the public.* Similar in content, all three decisions were issued by […]

ITN  |  novembre 1, 2009

Cementownia claim against Turkey found to be « manifestly ill-founded »

By Elizabeth Whitsitt November 3, 2009 On September 17, 2009 an ICSID tribunal dismissed yet another claim initiated against the Republic of Turkey by an entity, Cementownia “Nowa Huta” S.A. (“Cementownia”), operated by the Uzan family.  As previously reported*, the Uzans are a wealthy Turkish family whose members have been enmeshed in multiple disputes around […]

ITN  |  novembre 1, 2009

Confusion about Settlement Agreement leads to Dismissal of Case Between Dutch Companies and Azerbaijan

By Elizabeth Whitsitt November 3, 2009 After a disagreement regarding the existence of a settlement agreement, an ICSID tribunal has determined that it has no jurisdiction to hear a dispute initiated by three Dutch companies, Azpetrol International Holdings B.V., Azpetrol Group B.V. and Azpetrol Oil Services Group B.V. against the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Dutch […]

ITN  |  juillet 15, 2009

Greenpeace pressures German government for transparency in Vattenfall dispute

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 15 July 2009 Arbitration proceedings between the Government of Germany and the Swedish energy utility Vattenfall should be conducted transparently, argue a coalition of non-governmental organizations. Greenpeace Germany and the World Economy, Ecology and Development organization are pressing the German Government to reverse its policy of not commenting or disclosing information related […]

ITN  |  juillet 10, 2009

Vattenfall request for arbitration sheds new light on dispute with Germany

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 11 July 2009 Investment Treaty News (ITN) has posted the request for arbitration by the Swedish energy utility Vattenfall against the Government of Germany. In April Vattenfall brought the German government to international arbitration in a challenge to environmental restrictions imposed by the City of Hamburg on a coal-fired power plant under […]

ITN  |  mai 3, 2009

German government mum on Vattenfall ECT Claim

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 May 2009 The German government has declined to provide information on an investment dispute with the European utility Vattenfall on the grounds that it is against government policy to comment or disclose information on pending arbitrations. As has been reported in the financial press, Vattenfall is bringing the German government to international […]

Award is publicly released in failed Energy Charter Treaty claim against the Ukraine

By Damon Vis-Dunbar13 October 2008 Details of an arbitration involving a Latvian investor and the government of the Ukraine have emerged following the public release of the tribunal’s final award, some seven months after the decision was rendered. The Ukraine has been absolved of charges that it had breached the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), a […]

Plama Consortium Limited v. Republic of Bulgaria: Honesty is the best policy

By Elizabeth Whitsitt 30 September 2008 In a 27 August 2008 decision, a tribunal has concluded that Plama Consortium Limited (PCL), a Cyprus firm, was not entitled to protections afforded under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), given that it had fraudulently misrepresented itself when it invested in a privatized refinery, Nova Plama AD. In addition, […]

ITN  |  septembre 26, 2008

Caratube International Oil Company LLP v. Republic of Kazakhstan: American investor sues Kazakhstan over oil-field dispute

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 26 September 2008 A US citizen, Devincci Salah Hourani, has launched a lawsuit against the government of Kazakhstan over a failed contract to explore and exploit oil in the country. Mr. Hourani, who holds a 92% stake in the Kazakh firm Caratube International Oil Company (CIOC), has alleged breaches of the United […]

ITN  |  septembre 4, 2008

Clean Energy Investment: A report by the IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published a report on clean-energy investment, with a focus on encouraging policies that would attract environmentally sustainable investment into developing countries. The report describes obstacles and opportunities to attracting clean-energy investment. At the domestic level, these include the various criteria that make the environment either attractive or risky for investors. At […]

ITN  |  août 11, 2008

TDM Call for Papers: The Notion of Investment – In Search of an Acceptable Definition

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) is announcing a special issue dedicated to the notion of investment. The theme of the issue is: « The notion of investment: in search of an acceptable definition« . Contributions are invited from prospected authors with unpublished or previously published articles, conference papers, research papers, case studies. The recent arbitration awards where the […]