Actions and Detail Panel
The Philip Morris cases against Uruguay and Australia: implications for int...
Thu. 13 October 2016, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEDT
Philip Morris’s recent attempts to use international investment law to challenge governments’ tobacco control measures have failed. In December 2015, a tribunal held that it did not have jurisdiction to hear and determine a claim by Philip Morris Asia Ltd against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws on the basis that the arbitration constitute ‘an abuse of rights’ by Philip Morris. Meanwhile, in an award in July 2016, a tribunal also dismissed substantive claims by Philip Morris Products SA against Uruguay’s graphic health warnings and its single presentation requirements for tobacco packaging. In this seminar, we discuss the procedural and substantive implications of the awards, and the ramifications of the proceedings for the future use of international investment law to challenge public health measures, including those for tobacco control.