Government appoints defence for Entel case

1 Oct 2008

Bolivia’s government has appointed Philippe Joseph Sands, a professor of international law at the University of London, as its legal defence in the arbitration court which will rule in the case regarding the nationalisation of telco Entel, BNamericas is reporting citing local press. The World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) was called in to arbitrate on the troubled renationalisation process by Telecom Italia-owned holding company Euro Telecom International (ETI) in July this year; the Bolivian government however refused to acknowledge the authority of the international body in the matter. It is understood that La Paz will seek to prove the ICSID has no jurisdiction in the case, since the suit was filed after Bolivia withdrew from the ICSID, when president Evo Morales claimed it always sided with multinational companies.