What to Expect on the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, Its Entry into Force and its Amendment

Julissa Gozali

The history of nuclear energy dates back to the discovery of Uranium in 1789 by Martin Klaproth[1] which then developed from the science of atomic radiation, atomic change and nuclear fission from 1895 to 1945 and has since then grown into the technology we know today.

Nuclear technology is a two-sided coin, beneficial and dangerous. On the danger side, the technology can be used as a weapon; however, on the bright side, the technology helps in giving a solution as an alternative source of energy, and its reliance have increased.[2] Even so, the effects it has may be catastrophic when accidents or misuse happen, for example take the Fukushima Daiichi incident that happened in 2011 caused a major level-7 disaster.  

The usage of high impact technology requires legal instruments to regulate its security and safety. The dangers fortunately have already been anticipated since steps have been taken such as United Nations’ first resolution in 1946 on nuclear weapons; its goal is to eliminate atomic weapons and weapons of mass destruction. Keep in mind that there will always exist a flaw in legal instruments since nuclear technology is complex and change is yet to come. There are legal instruments that have been issued, the problem however is that some are binding and some are not.

Before moving to the details to nuclear related legal instruments, we take into mind there is the difference between nuclear security and nuclear safety. Taken from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), nuclear security is the prevention and detection of, and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities.[3] ‘Safety’ on the other hand is the achievement of proper operating conditions, prevention of accidents and mitigation of accident consequences, resulting in protection of workers, the public and the environment from undue radiation hazards.[4]

Since the two definitions have different but interrelated meanings, the instruments on each concern have different legally binding nature. The security-related instruments that are binding under the IAEA are: Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the 2005 amendment, Safeguards Agreements between the Agency and States Required in Connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Model Protocol Additional to Agreement(s) between State(s) and the Agency for the Application of Safeguards, Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, Convention on Nuclear Safety, Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.[5]

The UN have also adopted binding international instruments such as: United Nations Security Resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1540 (2004), Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (UNGA Resolution 59/290) (2005).[6] There also exist regional agreements and regional Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaties such as Treaty of Tlatelolco and Treaty of Rarotonga.[7]

The instruments mentioned are based on the principles of nuclear law such as: safety, and the prevention principle in order to prevent damage and to minimize any effects resulting from misuse and accidents. Other nuclear law principles include security, responsibility, permission continuous control, compensation, sustainable development, compliance, independence, transparency and international co-operation.[8]

Concerning safety, the Convention on Nuclear Safety was adopted in Vienna on 17 June 1994 and entered into force on 24 October 1996.  The main aim is to maintain a high level of safety by setting international benchmarks. Its main target is to have committed participating States, which operates land-based nuclear power plants. The obligations mentioned in the convention include siting, design, construction, operation, the availability of adequate financial and human resources, the assessment and verification of safety quality assurance and emergency preparedness. There also exist obligations for “peer review” in which the parties are to submit reports on the implementation of their obligations.[9]

The next issue regarding nuclear security is absorbed through the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). It was signed in Vienna and New York on 3 March 1980, and is the only international legally binding instrument on physical protection of nuclear material. The obligations set in the convention concerns prevention, detection and punishment of offences relating to nuclear material. It was adopted on 26 October 1979 and entered into force on 8 February 1987. [10]

It is important to mention that the CPPNM is restricted to nuclear material used for peaceful purposes while in international nuclear transport.[11] The scope was limited since it does not cover nuclear facilities or nuclear material other than that in transportation.[12] Due to that matter, in 1999, a member of the contracting States called for the CPPNM to be amended. 

The amendment was also through concern of risks such as the invasion of nuclear by terrorists or risks of nuclear smuggling. The background itself originated by the events of 11 September 2001 which had promptly called the United Nations Security Council to adopt resolution 1373 as the “Counter Terrorism Code.”[13] The legal framework against nuclear terrorism was constituted by resolution 1540, which then reached out to the CPPNM (2005 amendment) and the International convention for the suppression of terrorist Bombings. 

The obligations binding to State parties by the resolution is to adopt and enforce appropriate effective laws which prohibit any non-state actor to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.[14] Consequently, states are also required to “renew and fulfill their commitment to multilateral cooperation, in particular within the framework of the international Atomic Energy Agency, the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons and the biological and toxin weapons convention.”[15]

Whilst in IAEA’s September 2001 sessions, the Board of Governors adopted a series of policy decisions and the Director General proposed measures that could be implemented without delay (Due to the events of 11 September 2001). Since then, this issue had been observed by the IAEA for the long run and has been a part of its initiatives.[16] Through the apprehension of transporting nuclear material across borders in an era of global terrorism, international cooperation has increased significantly. This also led to the necessary ratifications for the CPPNM amendment and finally entered into force on 8 May 2016. The big difference through the entry into force of the CPPNM amendment demands all contracting States to be obligated as a matter of international law to ensure that their respective national legislation implements the additional CPPNM amendment obligations. 

The obligations mentioned in the amendment covers mitigation on sabotage, cooperation and information sharing in relation to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material and of course to regulate punishment on the said offences.[17] Whenever there is an offence related to nuclear material, State parties shall in accordance with their national law, provide co-operation and assistance in the recovery and protection of such material to any state that so requests.[18] Keep in mind the purpose of the convention is to achieve world and effective physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities both used as peaceful purposes.

With the CPPNM amendment’s entry into force the contracting States are required to:

–         Establish, implement and maintain an appropriate physical protection regime applicable to nuclear material and nuclear facilities under its jurisdiction, with the aim of protecting against theft, and other unlawful taking of nuclear material in use, storage and transport; [19]

–         Ensuring measures taken to locate any missing or stolen nuclear material, and take steps as mentioned in the convention when the material is located outside its territory. [20]

–         Protect nuclear material and facilities against sabotage and mitigate radiological consequences of sabotage.

–         Commitment in establishing a legal and regulatory framework to govern physical protection and establish competent authority for it.

–         Apply fundamental principles such as: Responsibility of the State, Responsibilities During International Transport, Legislative and Regulatory Framework, Competent Authority, Responsibility of the License Holders, Security Culture, Threat (current evaluation on threat), Graded Approach, Defence in Depth, Quality Assurance, Contingency Plans, Confidentiality.

–         Take appropriate steps of any theft, robbery nuclear material and in doing so, the parties concerned shall exchange information with each other and coordinate through agreed and diplomatic channels, render assistance and ensure the return of recovered nuclear material stolen or missing.

–         Take appropriate measures to protect the confidentiality of any information received by virtue of the provisions.

–         Request for extradition or for mutual legal assistance based on the said offence may not be refused on grounds concerning political offence or connected to it.

–         Ensure the prime responsibility for the implementation of physical protection of nuclear material or of nuclear facilities rests with the holders of the relevant licenses or of other authorizing documents.

–         Acquire emergency plans to respond to unauthorized removal of nuclear material or sabotage of nuclear facilities or nuclear material should be prepared and appropriately exercised by all license holders.

–         Undertake not to export or import nuclear materials or to allow transit through their territories of such materials unless they have received assurances that these materials will be protected during international transport in accordance with the aforementioned levels of protection determined by the CPPNM,[21]

–         Specified acts to be punishable in national law concerning nuclear material including unlawful possession, theft, embezzlement, unlawful transporting, as a threat, or transport of nuclear material theft, using or threatening to use nuclear material to cause harm and interfering with operations of nuclear facilities with the intent to cause harm.

It is true that states, which are parties to the CPPNM must follow the obligations set out in the CPPNM however, the process does not end there. States would then need to ratify the obligations towards their nuclear regulations, but this also means that it imposes obligation towards license holders (whether nuclear facility operators, nuclear material shippers or others). In order to comply with both this prime responsibility and the CPPNM amendment more broadly, license holders will need to[22]:

–         Review regulations on issuing licenses and nuclear security policy by working within license holder organizations; This also includes policies on unauthorized disclosure of information which could compromise the physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities;[23]

–         Work with IAEA and other relevant regulators in order to review or make adaptations within the design, maintenance and improvement of systems of physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities;[24]

–         Ensure the existence of several layers and methods of protection that must be overcome or circumnavigated by any adversary;[25]

–         If necessary, revise or develop, emergency procedures and arrangements;

–         Review, license and if necessary revise or develop, a positive, institutional nuclear security culture policy within license holder organizations; 

–         Work with regulators to ensure that the license holder’s arrangements satisfy the relevant CPPNM requirements.[26]

The CPPNM and its amendment have addressed the current ongoing issues in times of peace, not to mention whatsoever nuclear technology on weapons or in times of war, this is to be dealt by humanitarian law, but that also leaves a gap. Whether nuclear technology should be used as non-peaceful purposes or in a time of non-peace should be discussed at another time. 


[1]“Outline History of Nuclear Energy”, last modified March, 2014 http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/current-and-future-generation/outline-history-of-nuclear-energy.aspx

[2] Ben McRae “The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage: Catalyst for a Global Nuclear Liability Regime”, accessed on August 30, 2016. https://www.oecd-nea.org/law/nlb/nlb-79/017-035%20-%20Article%20Ben%20McRae.pdf

[3]“Meaning of (nuclear) Security”, accessed August 31, 2016, http://www-ns.iaea.org/standards/concepts-terms.asp

[4] “Meaning of (nuclear) Safety”, accessed August 31, 2016, http://www-ns.iaea.org/standards/concepts-terms.asp

[5] “The Binding IAEA security-related instruments are”, accessed August 31, 2016. http://www-ns.iaea.org/security/legal_instruments_list.asp?s=4&l=28

[6] “Other binding international and regional instruments which have been adopted under UN or other auspices are”, accessed August 31, 2016. http://www-ns.iaea.org/security/legal_instruments_list.asp?s=4&l=28

[7] International Nonproliferation Organizations and Regimes, Center for Nonproliferation Studies “South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Rarotonga),” last modified Mei 5, 2011, http://www.nti.org/media/pdfs/Treaty_of_Rarotonga_Text.pdf

[8] Stoiber, Carlton; Baer, Alec; Pelzer, Norbert; Tonhauser, Wolfram, Handbook on Nuclear Law, (Austria: IAEA, July 2003) page 5.

[9] “Convention on Nuclear Safety”, accessed August 25, 2016, https://www.iaea.org/publications/documents/treaties/convention-nuclear-safety

[10] “Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material”, accessed August 25, 2016, https://www.iaea.org/publications/documents/conventions/convention-physical-protection-nuclear-material

[11] “Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material”, article 2.1, accessed August 25, 2016, https://www.iaea.org/publications/documents/conventions/convention-physical-protection-nuclear-material

[12] Shearman & Sterling LLP “Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material Enters into Force”, last updated May 9, 2016, http://www.shearman.com/~/media/Files/NewsInsights/Publications/2016/05/Amendment-to-the-Convention-on-the-Physical-Protection-of-Nuclear-Material-Enters-Into-Force-PDF-050916.pdf

[13] Walter Gehr, “The Universal Legal Framework Against Nuclear Terrorism” Accessed August 10, 2016, https://www.oecd-nea.org/law/nlb/nlb-79/005-015%20-%20Article%20W.%20Gehr.pdf

[14] United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, S/RES/1540 (28 April 2004), available from http://www.ipu.org/splz-e/civ1540/1540.pdf

[15] ibid 

[16] Shearman & Sterling LLP “Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material Enters into Force”, last updated May 9, 2016, http://www.shearman.com/~/media/Files/NewsInsights/Publications/2016/05/Amendment-to-the-Convention-on-the-Physical-Protection-of-Nuclear-Material-Enters-Into-Force-PDF-050916.pdf

[17] Mark Fitzpatrick, “Promoting Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security in the Middle East Region”, last modified November, 2012, http://www.nonproliferation.eu/web/documents/backgroundpapers/fitzpatrick2.pdf

[18] Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, Article 5, available in https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/infcirc274.pdf

[19] Amendent to Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, 2005, Article 2A, available in https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/infcirc274r1m1.pdf

[20] ibid

[21] Amendent to Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, 2005, Article 4, available in https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/infcirc274r1m1.pdf

[22] ibid 

[23] ibid

[24] ibid

[25] ibid

[26] ibid


Karaha Bodas Arbitration

The next topic I have recently stumbled upon is Karaha Bodas arbitration. It was hinted on me, and of course I find it interesting since it is related to state owned companies in Indonesia back in 1997-1998. This particular case is closely linked with Himpurna arbitration, since the parties are inter-related. The implementation of the award on the other hand will be discussed later on.


In 1994, Karaha Bodas entered into a joint operating contract (“JOC”) with Pertamina, and had also entered in an energy sales contract (“ESC”) with PLN. Both Pertamina and PLN are state owned companies; Pertamina being oil and gas whilst PLN being electricity. The contracts were meant for Karaha Bodas to first of all develop geothermal energy; later to build, own and operate electricity-generating facilities in which the energy produced was to be sold to PLN.

The Asian financial crisis of 1997 and 1998 caused chaos to the project. Due to these times, three Presidential decrees were issued which meant that both PLN and Pertamina could not perform their obligations. This resulted in postponement of Karaha Bodas’ (“Claimant”) investment. In order to gain relief from their loss, the Claimant with Himpurna took no time in delay by starting arbitral proceedings in the same year of 1998. The arbitral proceedings stated that both PLN and Pertamina had committed a breach of contract and that the Claimant wished for the termination of the contracts and demanded awards for the damages.

The next matter to be discussed is the damages payable. The Tribunal took in the concept of lucrum cessans and dammnum emergens by taking into consideration that both concepts are acceptable in the Indonesian law (in respect of the laws governing both contracts (ESC and JOC), the applicable law was found to be Indonesian law and no mention of international law).  The Claimant posted damages of USD 94,600,000 on capital investment recovery and USD 512,000,000 on lost profits. The number gained from lost profits included the projected cash flow of 30 years energy sales that also included an 8.5% discount. Next, the Claimant also sought for interests dating back from 10 January 1998, the date of suspension of its investment and also the issuing date of the final presidential decree.

Finally, discussing both matters, the Tribunal finds and awards Karaha Bodas USD 93,100,000 in relation to capital investment, cutting down USD 1,600,000 in respect of expenditures that had not been approved. In awarding lost profits, the tribunal fixed the amount to USD 150,000,000. In regard to the interest, the Tribunal agreed only to start the interest claim (lucrum cessans) from the date of the award with a rate of 4%. The Respondent is to pay two-thirds of the costs and expenses of the arbitration.

*This summary is a shorter version of the original case summary that was prepared in the course of research for S. Ripinsky with K. Williams, Damages in Investment Law (BIICL, 2008)

Arbitration at Glance

What is arbitration? The definition itself has not been set in stone, be it national law or conventions regulating them, however their principal characteristics are:

–       A mechanism for the settlement of disputes;

–       Arbitration is consensual;

–       Arbitration is a private procedure; and

–       Arbitration leads to a final and binding determination of the rights and obligations of the parties[1]

How does arbitration work? First, there has to be a dispute. Most disputes arise when one party fails to pay a sum of money owed to the other.[2] Remember that as arbitration is consensual, both parties of the dispute must consent to arbitrate the dispute, meaning that the authority of the arbitral tribunal’s judgment is limited to only certain aspects to which the parties have agreed.[3]

How do we know that we have chosen arbitration as our forum of dispute? Most arbitration agreements are in the form of an arbitral clause in the principal contract. If that is not the case, then there may be an arbitration agreement ongoing with the dispute.

Where does arbitration stand? Arbitration is not part of the state’s court system, however it fulfills the same function as litigation.[4] The difference is that arbitration is a one-stage procedure whereas courts have appeals. The end result of arbitration is an award that is enforceable by the courts.[5]

In what aspects is arbitration favorable? Arbitration permits the parties to choose their arbitrators. This gives the advantage to choose specialized knowledge arbitrators. This means that engineers and architects may serve as an arbitrator[6] (in a construction arbitration) as compared to judges that have limited technical knowledge of the dispute. Keep in mind that the freedom to choose arbitrators with specialized knowledge is not available in states that have restrictive arbitration laws.



[1] Bergsten, Eric E. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Module on Dispute Settlement International Commercial Arbitration, United Nations, 2005, Page 5.

[2]  Ibid.

[3]  Ibid, page 6.

[4]  Ibid, page 7.

[5]  Ibid.

[6]  Ibid page 14.

Legal Terms of the Day: Claimant and Respondent

Hi There!

If you have read the previous case of Olguin v. Paraguay I guess there are several terms that are somewhat unfamiliar and makes us second-guess. I know I used to find the terms they use quiet confusing, as it’s those words you don’t hear in a daily conversation. Anyways, one of the terms that might be in mind is Claimant and Respondent.

Okay so I will definitely cut it short and use the definition mentioned through Black’s Law Dictionary, here goes:

Claimant         :In admiralty practice. A person who lays claim to property seized on a libel in rem, and is authorized and admitted to defend in action.[1]

Respondent   :In equity practice. The party who makes an answer to a bill or other proceeding in chancery.

In admiralty. The party who contends against an appeal.[2]

So anyways, I would like to explain the meaning simply by imagining someone who files a claim (Claimant) since that person feels that he/ she has been wronged by the other person. Keep in mind that it is one person/ party that “feels” to be disadvantaged whether or not he was disadvantaged or not is another matter. The Respondent on the other hand is that other person that has been called for of disadvantaging the first party and is given the right to answer the claim or to respond to the claim against him/ her.

[1] Black, Henry Campbell, Black Laws Dictionary Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern Revised Fourth Edition, 1968, ST. Paul Minn, West Publishing Co, page 314.

[2] Ibid, page 1476. 

Olguín v. Paraguay

By: J. Gozali


Hi there, this is my first post in my blog and I am going to make a disclaimer: first of all, I wrote this blog purely out of interest and in no way I mean to offend anyone or any party and the name was just out of fun, I don’t intend to copy or imitate a certain party with a similar name and I have no intention in offending anyone with the name.

My first post is about a case that I have previously read, concerning foreign investment. Mind you, I am new to the subject, which is why I find several parts of foreign investment interesting; one being the fact that a state’s economy plays a role in determining a certain case’s judgment. To prove my point, below is the summary of a case that reflects that.

Olguín v. Paraguay is a case that reflects an individual whom made investments in hoping to gain means or interests, but due to an economic crisis resulted otherwise loss. Mr Olguín then tries his case for claiming his loss against that particular state, but the Tribunal’s final decision made him unable to claim his prize.

This all started when an official of the Central Bank of Paraguay sent a letter in November 1993 to Mr. Eudoro Armando Olguín about dealings with La Mercantil SA de finanzas (La Mercantil); a finance company that would give rates of interests from 11% to 33% annually if Mr. Olguín would deposit his US dollars or Guaranís. The official also mentions sending official reports of the Central Bank of Paraguay on La Mercantil’s position in the financial corporation in Paraguay.

By December 1993, after being interested by the information, Mr Olguín made transfers amounting to USD 1.254.500,- which were then converted to Guaranís and deposited in La Mercantil. He was then sent investment bonds continuously from early August 1994 until early July 1995 amounting to 7 investment bonds in the value of Guaranís. The first bond was issued in the name of Mr. Angel Canziani Zuccarelli and the rest in Mr. Olguín’s name which bore the seal of the clerk of the Central Bank of Paraguay amounted to 2.407.057.500,- Guaranís. The interests were paid on August 26th 1996 for each bonds except of that issued in the name Mr. Canziani. The funds mentioned were used to finance the installation of “Super Snacks of Paraguay Inc.” (Super Snacks), a factory specializing in maize products.

The granting to the deed of incorporation of Super Snacks were witnessed by Mr. Olguín, Juan Luis Olselli Pagliaro and Tomas Gumerindo Rouira Barchello before the Public Notary on May 25th 1994. Mr Olselli approved the legal personality of this corporation on July 26th 1994; was registered on August 22nd 1994 in the Registry of Public Commerce of the Republic of Paraguay and was granted tax incentives on the 22nd September 1994.

By December 18th 1994, The Convention between the Republic of Peru and the Republic of Paraguay on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of investments came into force.

Finally, the big hit happened. An economic crisis in Paraguay happened in mid-July 1995, causing substantial damage to the financial system resulting la Mercantil to close its operations and defaulted on payments of the investment bonds, including Mr. Olguín’s.

To counter the economic crisis in Paraguay, several laws came into force, one of them being Law No. 417/73 in July 1995 which regulated banks and other financial bodies which offers certain financial assistance; and law no. 797 which approved the financial stabilization and reactivation which mentions the central bank of Paraguay’s guarantee of deposit payment duly registered in the liabilities of the body, by whatever method in national or foreign currency, incurred by natural or legal persons, in bonds, financial corporations and other credit bodies, up to the equivalent of one hundred minimum monthly salaries per account.

Being financially disadvantaged of the situation, Mr. Olguín, holding both nationalities of Peru and United States of America requests for arbitration on October 27th 1997 against the republic of Paraguay. Through this dispute, Mr. Olguín, as the representative of Super Snacks attempts to recover funds deposited in la Mercantil which had increased to 2.407.057.500 Guaranís by 30th of June 1995.

Mr Olguín’s (Hereinafter referred to as Claimant) arguments were based on 4 factors: firstly, the underwritten investment bond; the negligence of Paraguay in their supervision towards La Mercantil; the discrimination act of Paraguay and its organs that breached provisions of the CPI; and lastly the conduct of expropriation.

In Paraguay’s response, by May 21st 1998, Paraguay challenged the request for arbitration by reasons such as: contradicting the operations performed by claimant as “investment”; rejects to motion the guaranty against “investment”; affirmed payment made by the central bank; points out a written waiver by the claimant to institute his right any further against the Paraguayan authorities; the settlement unable to be settled through CPI as claimant has previously chosen the jurisdictional route therefore waiving international arbitration; the non-existent form of dispute, and finally the lack of consent of the parties to submit the dispute through arbitration before ICSID.

By August 26th 1998, the request had been registered. The arbitrators presented were Professor Dale Beck Furnish, a national of USA; Justice Fransisco Rezek, a national of Brazil and Mr. Rodrigo Oreamuno Blanco a national of Costa Rica as President of the Arbitral Tribunal but in March 17th 1999, Professor Furnish resigned as arbitrator due to nationality issues in which later was replaced by Dr. Eduardo Mayora Alvarado, a national of Guatemala.

During the first session held at the seat of ICSID in Washington DC, Paraguay objected its Jurisdiction by stating that jurisdiction are based by expressed acceptance. Respondent’s arguments continues by reasoning that speculative financial investments are not protected by the CPI; Protected investment under the convention has a requirement to have been accepted in advance in the state being made; and that The Claimant’s judicial Claims in the Respondent’s courts prevents him from requesting arbitration for the same purpose and even if the Respondent were liable, the liabilities performed shall not be direct, but subsidiary.

By August 31st 1999, Claimant gave their response in stating that: Since the Respondent had concluded to the Convention, Paraguay had submitted implication to the jurisdiction of ICSID; that the operations conducted by the Claimant are considered as investment under ICSID convention and the CPI; and that Claimant denied any judicial claims in Paraguay.

The Arbitral Tribunal then delivers their considerations and finds that it has the powers of competency, contradicting to Respondent’s objections on ICSID’s jurisdiction since Paraguay is a contracting state to the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States and that both Parties concluded to the CPI on 31st of January 1994.

Moving on to the merits, which commenced on February 11th 2001, the Tribunal analyzes the arguments set out by the Claimant, one being about investment bonds in which the seal that was previously argued as underwritten, its purpose was solely to administer the bonds. The Tribunal, by not considering the judicial system in Paraguay, finds that Mr. Olguín, an experienced businessman must have acknowledged and considered the situation in Paraguay and was willingly (without naivety) to invest in Paraguay through La Mercantil. It is unacceptable for him to seek indemnified losses, which he suffered after making speculated investments. The Tribunal also finds that there are unproven statements made by Claimant such as in which Paraguay paid the entire investment of Hamilton Bank of the United States of America nor discriminatory conduct and finally, the Tribunal does not understand Claimant’s conclusion in which his investment was made into expropriation.

The Tribunal unanimously decides in rejecting all submissions of the Claimant; and secondly, the parties therefore are to divide half the expenses of this case and the entire costs of their own representation.

(This summary is based on the texts in ICSID Reports, Volume 6 by James Crawford, edited by Karen Lee, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pages 154-180).