The following Arbitration guidance note Produced in partnership with Cyrus Benson, Charline Yim, Victoria Orlowski and Ankita Ritwik of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—arbitration law and practice in England and Wales and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.
This Practice Note deals with the substantive standards of protection under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). It does not cover the notions of qualifying investor and qualifying investment, denial of benefits or the dispute resolution mechanism under the ECT (including arbitration). For more information on these aspects, see Practice Note: Investment treaty arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty. The terms investor, investment and Contracting Party as used herein are defined in that Practice Note.
Part III of the ECT includes a catalogue of provisions that establish a high standard of protection of foreign investments that occur within the territories of host states that are Contracting Parties to the ECT. The key provisions in Part III of the ECT are Articles 10 and 13.
Article 10(1) of the ECT obliges Contracting Parties to accord fair and equitable treatment (FET) to protected
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