ICL Europe Coöperatief U.A. (the Netherlands) v. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

The PCA provided administrative support in this arbitration, which is being conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2010 (with new Article 1, paragraph 4, as adopted in 2013), pursuant to the Agreement on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, signed on 16 May 2003 and entered into force on 1 July 2005


Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) ICL Europe Coöperatief U.A. (Private entity )
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2017-26
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
Type of case Investment arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Mining and quarrying
Rules used in arbitral proceedings UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 2013
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

[Bilateral treaty]
Agreement on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, signed on 16 May 2003
Country A: Netherlands
Country B: Ethiopia


Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country)
Arbitrator(s)

Judge Joan E. Donoghue (Presiding Arbitrator)

Mr. Robert H. Smit

Professor Sean D. Murphy (substitute arbitrator for the late Professor David D. Caron)

Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Ms. Amal Bouchenaki

Ms. Liang-Ying Tan

Ms. May Khoury

Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP

 

Ms. Abby Cohen Smutny

Mr. Darryl Lew

Mr. Hansel Pham

Ms. Kristen Young

White & Case LLP (since 7 May 2018)

 

Mr. Laurence Shore

BonelliErede (until 7 May 2018)

Representatives of the Respondent(s)

Dr. Zewdineh Beyene Haile

Professor Won Kidane

Mr. Jackson Shaw Kern

Addis Law Group LLP

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 11 May 2017
Date of issue of final award 09 July 2021
Length of Proceedings 3-4 years
Additional notes

Procedural Details

 

02-11-2017         

The Parties and the Tribunal sign the Terms of Appointment

 

13-12-2017         

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 1 

 

13-04-2018         

The Parties and the Tribunal sign the revised Terms of Appointment and Addendum

 

12-06-2018         

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 2

 

05-02-2019         

The Tribunal issues Amended Procedural Order No. 1

 

18-04-2019         

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 3

 

16-06-2019         

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 4

 

19-06-2020

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 5

 

03-07-2020

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 6

 

14-07-2020

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 7

 

09-08-2020 to 14-08-2020

The Tribunal holds Phase One of a hearing on jurisdiction and the merits

 

21-08-2020

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 8

 

27-11-2020

The Tribunal issues Procedural Order No. 9

 

03-12-2020 to 09-12-2020

The Tribunal holds Phase Two of a hearing on jurisdiction and the merits

 

9 July 2021

The Tribunal issues its Award