Arbitration & Litigation

Menas Associates has been supporting law firms and in-house lawyers on international border disputes since 1981, and has considerable experience from diverse and complex cases.

Expertise

Our expertise in this field began when Menas was asked to assemble data in support of Libya’s offshore border dispute against Tunisia, before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Since then we have advised on disputes including:

Libya’s claims against Tunisia, Malta and Chad

Egypt’s dispute with Israel over Taba

Cameroon’s land and maritime dispute with Nigeria

Advice to governments on their claims (or contested claims) before the ICJ in The Hague

Advice on arbitral proceedings

Advice to natural resource companies on the ownership of assets, and on the possibility of disputes that may have a bearing on their operations in present or in the future, both on land and sea

The Yemen-Saudi border

The Jordanian-Israeli border

South Sudan vs Sudan land border

Archival research and para-legal support to law firms on boundary-related disputes

Expert analysis on the background of disputes, possible routes to settlement, and related prognoses

Project managing and coordinating multidisciplinary teams handling extended projects

We are able to provide expert witnesses for law firms, international oil companies or any other company in need, anywhere in the world. Our work includes:

Advice to governments on their claims (or contested claims) before the ICJ in The Hague

Advice on arbitral proceedings

Advice to natural resource companies on the ownership of assets, and on the possibility of disputes that may have a bearing on their operations in present or in the future, both on land and sea

Archival research and para-legal support to law firms on boundary-related disputes

Expert analysis on the background of disputes, possible routes to settlement, and related prognoses

Project managing and coordinating multidisciplinary teams handling extended projects

Arbitration cases

Our initial arbitration case work involved providing, managing, and coordinating the group of oil economists that supported Iran’s legal team in the major oil cases of the 1980’s, before the US-Iran Claims Tribunal. Besides expert witnesses, Menas also undertook and coordinated almost all of the international research and evidence gathering for these cases. Since then we have undertaken multiple, and varied, arbitration projects across the globe.

Examples of our work, for either the insurers or the insured include:

The looting of car show rooms in Kuwait by Iraqi soldiers

Four refineries in Azerbaijan, Russia, and Ukraine

A large enhanced oil recovery project in Myanmar

Mobile phone licenses in Iran

Aluminium smelting in Tajikistan

The confiscation of on-shore oil rigs in Argentina and Venezuela

An LNG plant in Egypt

The cancellation of a large EPC contract in Algeria

Philippine banana exports to China

Industrial plants in Saudi Arabia

Our role in these cases involved:

Finding the most suitable experts for the case

Undertaking the evidence gathering for the case, which can frequently involve both primary and secondary research in numerous countries and in different languages

Coordinating and managing the research team and experts

Liaising with the client and their legal team

Preparation of memorials and counter-memorials

Provision of expert witnesses

Any other ‘local-knowledge’ related tasks are required by the client and their legal team