Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Kim Talus
Chapter 9: Recent trends in energy disputes
Energy disputes vary in character, form and complexity. We find energy disputes along a very broad spectrum: from disputes dealing with defects of delivered equipment, the quality of supplied services, calculation of cost oil and profit oil under production sharing contracts, to expropriation of investments by oil companies, and to boundary and territorial disputes generated by deposits of natural resources, usually oil and gas. It is not meaningful, nor possible, to identify recent trends which are common to all the different kinds of disputes, if indeed, there are any such trends. Rather, this contribution focuses on recent trends primarily in one category of energy disputes, viz., gas price review arbitrations (Section 4). Before discussing this category of energy disputes, however, recent trends in two other areas will be looked at very briefly: investment disputes (Section 2) and boundary and territorial disputes (Section 3).
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