CCSI (Columbia Center on Sustainable Settlement, Columbia University) hosted an online discussion with George Kahale on issues surrounding valuation in ISDS disputes, which has become the most dangerous aspect of ISDS, as evidenced by the many enormous damages awards of recent years.
This discussion was open to all government officials, civil society, international organizations, and academics.
George Kahale is the chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. He has represented many governments and State companies in international transactions and disputes, including several of the world’s largest and best known international arbitrations.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that the world faces. A United Nations report has cautioned that greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity are at a record high, “with no signs of slowing down.” Many nations are recording weather extremes, higher average temperatures and rising seas. Meanwhile, the first wave of increasing numbers of climate refugees points to how a changing environment will reshape human life.
Amnesty report accuses sites of openly signalling they will bow to authoritarian regimes
A person using Facebook at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, last month. Photograph: Kham/ReutersRebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondentTue 1 Dec 2020 00.01 GMT
Facebook and YouTube are complicit in “censorship and repression on an industrial scale” in Vietnam, according to a report by Amnesty International that accuses the platforms of openly signalling that they are willing to bow to the wishes of authoritarian regimes.
Biden’s top envoy says China decoupling was a ‘mistake’ but ASEAN nations will still be pressed to pick superpower sides By DAVID HUTTNOVEMBER 28, 2020 Asia Times
The incoming Joe Biden administration is expected to be more dependable and predictable than Donald Trump’s, a potential cause for relief among Southeast Asian governments that have struggled to read and react to the outgoing US president’s mercurial leadership.
(CNN)The Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated east of Tehran was shot by a remote-controlled machine gun operating out of another car, the semi-official Fars News Agency said Sunday.With top Iranian officials blaming Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and others have promised revenge for the Friday killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was the country’s chief nuclear scientist.There were conflicting accounts from Iranian news agencies about how the attack unfolded.The Fars News report said Fakhrizadeh was traveling with his wife in a bulletproof car, alongside three security personnel vehicles, when he heard what sounded like bullets hitting a vehicle, and he exited the car to determine what had happened.When he got out, a remote-controlled machine gun opened fire from a Nissan stopped about 150 meters (164 yards) from Fakhrizadeh’s car, the agency said.