On April 12, 2023, the High Court of Australia (High Court) rendered a unanimous judgment affirming that a foreign state was not immune from proceedings seeking recognition and enforcement of an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitral award. This landmark decision provides welcome guidance on the interaction between Australia’s sovereign immunity regime and its international arbitration legislation implementing the ICSID Convention.
Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l. and Energia Termosolar B.V. v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/31)
Kingdom of Spain v. Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l. & Anor  HCA 11