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Ethyl Corp. v. Government of Canada

On April 15, 1997, Ethyl Corporation, a Virginia corporation with a Canadian subsidiary, submitted a claim under the UNCITRAL Rules on its own behalf to arbitration against Canada. Ethyl claimed that a Canadian statute banning imports of the gasoline additive MMT for use in unleaded gasoline breach Chapter Eleven's requirement of national treatment (Article 1102), prohibition of expropriation (Article 1110) and prohibition of performance requirements (Article 1106).

A Canadian court subsequently found the act to be invalid under the Canadian law, and Canada and Ethyl settled the Chapter Eleven claim.

The tribunal's award on jurisdiction is published in volume 38 of International Legal Materials, pages 708-31 (1999). For further information and documents concerning this claim, click here.


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