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Olympics in the Shadow of Covid-19 Analyses & Assessments

Olympics in the Shadow of Covid-19

Japan is experiencing its fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Budgeting for Peace Analyses & Assessments

Budgeting for Peace

Through its European Peace Facility, the EU has sidestepped legal and budgetary constraints on foreign armed interventions and overseas military funding.

A Strategic U-turn Analyses & Assessments

A Strategic U-turn

The easing of American sanctions on the Nord Stream project has raised hopes of a more profitable business landscape for European allies, as they seek to recover from the ravages of the pandemic.

Rampaging Digital Scourge Analyses & Assessments

Rampaging Digital Scourge

As anonymous cyber gangs run amok, raking in millions in ransomware payments, the global powers are themselves divided in coming up with an effective counter-strategy.

India’s AstraZeneca Deal Analyses & Assessments

India’s AstraZeneca Deal

The global controversy surrounding AstraZeneca, India’s primary vaccine, together with an inadequate adverse reaction reporting system, has given rise to many unanswered questions.

Punitive Road to Net-zero Analyses & Assessments

Punitive Road to Net-zero

From taxes to embargos – what does it take to achieve goals on climate policies?

Daunting Realities Analyses & Assessments

Daunting Realities

The second wave of the pandemic has dealt a severe blow to the green shoots of economic recovery.

Shrinking Labour Pool Analyses & Assessments

Shrinking Labour Pool

With declining demographic growth rates, China will have to restructure its manpower- intensive economy.

A ‘look Through’ Provision Analyses & Assessments

A ‘look Through’ Provision

By retrospectively amending the Income Tax Act in 2012, the Indian Parliament sought to clarify its legislative intention.

Reconciling Fragmented Laws Analyses & Assessments

Reconciling Fragmented Laws

The nature of the interaction between taxation regimes and investment agreements have evolved over time, with new generation treaties envisaging specific carve-outs for tax.

Indian 5G Sans Huawei Analyses & Assessments

Indian 5G Sans Huawei

The Huawei controversy raises the questions of whether India can envision a future without Chinese venture capital.

The Enforcement Predicament Analyses & Assessments

The Enforcement Predicament

The enforcement of an investment treaty award is a layered issue and needs to be deconstructed step by step.

Navigating the Terrain of Public Policy Analyses & Assessments

Navigating the Terrain of Public Policy

States need to clearly delineate the contours of public policy, before claiming it as an exception in investment arbitrations.

Fourth Estate Under Siege Analyses & Assessments

Fourth Estate Under Siege

Reporters across the globe are witnessing an increase in threats, arrests, and censorship.

The Investment-tax Binary Analyses & Assessments

The Investment-tax Binary

The Cairn and Vodafone cases have opened a pandora’s box of tax-related investment disputes that lie at the intersection of international laws and municipal governance.

Language Is the Key Analyses & Assessments

Language Is the Key

While determining the arbitrability of tax disputes under investment protection laws, the devil lies in the details of the treaty instrument.

A Balancing Act Analyses & Assessments

A Balancing Act

It is critical to maintain an equilibrium between the regulatory powers of a sovereign and the legitimate interests of a foreign investor.

A Union in Crisis Analyses & Assessments

A Union in Crisis

SNP’s victory in the Scottish parliamentary elections appears to have reinvigorated sub-national movements across the UK.

A Crisis of Leadership Analyses & Assessments

A Crisis of Leadership

The violence in Palestine and Israel is an outcome of extremist nationalism, but more importantly, it highlights the inadequacy of political leadership at both ends.

Rebooting Strategic Ties Analyses & Assessments

Rebooting Strategic Ties

By recommencing trade and investment negotiations with Brussels, New Delhi hopes to counter Beijing’s role in the global value chain.