Damages in ISDS: Just compensation or highway robbery?

CCSI | 2 November 2020

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.

A transcript of the event is available here.

- George Kahale III

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.

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How Taiwan uses Buddhist literature for environmental education

The Conversation
01 Dec 2020, 00:39 GMT+10

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.

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Facebook and YouTube accused of complicity in Vietnam repression

The Guardian

Amnesty report accuses sites of openly signalling they will bow to authoritarian regimes

A person using Facebook at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam,

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.

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US-China detente hopes rising in SE Asia

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.

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The assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist shot with remote-controlled machine gun, news agency says

By Sara Mazloumsaki and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT) November 30, 2020

Iran holds funeral for assassinated nuclear scientist
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Iran vows revenge after top nuclear scientist killed

Iran holds funeral for assassinated nuclear scientist

WUHAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 16 2020: Workers move out the body of a COVID-19 victim in a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

(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.

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