Month: April 2018

Fighting Corruption: The Pursuit and Recovery of Stolen Assets

The crippling effect of corruption in many States throughout the world is well documented and the statistics are alarming – the World Bank estimates for example that over $US20 billion of State assets are stolen annually by corrupt officials, with only a small percentage of stolen funds pursued or recovered. […]

Guyana Institutes ICJ Proceedings against Venezuela over Disputed Boundary

On 29 March 2018, the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana (‘Guyana’) instituted proceedings before the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’) against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (‘Venezuela’) in respect of the long-running boundary dispute between the two States.[1] The origins of the dispute date back well over a century to the […]

Prospects for a UK-EU Trade Deal: The challenge of MFN in Existing EU Trade Agreements

As the European Union (‘EU’) and the United Kingdom begin to negotiate their future trading relationship, constraints arising from the EU’s existing free trade agreements (‘FTAs’) will come to the fore. The Most Favoured Nation (‘MFN’) provisions of the EU’s existing FTAs pose a particular problem, since existing FTAs, including […]

ITLOS Delivers Judgment in West African Maritime Boundary Dispute

On 23 September 2017, a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (the ‘Tribunal’) delivered its Judgment in the Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean.[1] The case concerned the interpretation of provisions of the 1982 […]