The 2015 EFILA Inaugural Lecture: Escaping from Freedom?

We are pleased to offer you the full text of the 2015 EFILA Inaugural Lecture by Sophie Nappert, “Escaping from Freedom? The Dilemma of An Improved ISDS Mechanism“, delivered on 26 November 2015 in London. In times such as ours, when freedom is often abandoned for security to be gained, Sophie Nappert’s lecture is a… Read More The 2015 EFILA Inaugural Lecture: Escaping from Freedom?

A BIT-By-BIT Understanding of the EU’s Present & Future Investment Agreements

by Emma Spiteri-Gonzi* Anyone with an interest in European investment and trade will undoubtedly have heard of the EU-US TTIP or, to use its full name, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Naturally, this makes sense as the US is the EU’s top trading partner and a trade agreement of this significance would unquestionably make… Read More A BIT-By-BIT Understanding of the EU’s Present & Future Investment Agreements

UPDATE: EFILA Annual Lecture 2015 – Sophie Nappert

Due to the present situation in Brussels, the EFILA annual lecture will be transferred to London. The date and time of the lecture will be maintained, i.e. 26 November, 5.00 o’clock PM. More precisely, the new venue of the lecture delivered by Sophie Nappert will be: Allen & Overy LLP One Bishops Square London E1… Read More UPDATE: EFILA Annual Lecture 2015 – Sophie Nappert

AIA and EFILA Event: Seminar on Arbitration and EU Law

Seminar on Arbitration and EU Law – 7th April 2016, Brussels, Belgium   EVENT CO-ORGANIZED WITH THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR INVESTMENT LAW AND ARBITRATION (EFILA)   Over the years, there has been increasing EU activity in private international law. The interaction and relationship of EU law and international commercial arbitration has had growing interest over the years. In… Read More AIA and EFILA Event: Seminar on Arbitration and EU Law

The Greek Sovereign Debt Rescheduling, EU Bail-In and Investment Arbitration

by Prof. Georges Affaki* Many readers of this Blog spent the summer watching the brinkmanship of the Greek national debt third bailout unfold. Few were aware that part of that debt was being bitterly fought in fora other than the European Commission or the Greek Parliament: investment arbitral tribunals. This article reflects on the future… Read More The Greek Sovereign Debt Rescheduling, EU Bail-In and Investment Arbitration

ISDS in TPP and TTIP Negotiations – Lessons for the EU

by Prof. Loukas Mistelis, QMUL* The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and, in particular, its Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions (ISDS) have been the focal point of an intense and polarising debate within the EU. Opponents of TTIP, on the one hand, reject the very idea of a new multilateral trade and investment agreement and… Read More ISDS in TPP and TTIP Negotiations – Lessons for the EU

Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part II)

by Emanuela Matei, Associate Researcher – CELS* This article represents Part 2/2 of a larger material regarding the interaction of EU state aid rules and international investment law in the context of recent EC Decisions. Part 1/2 was published earlier this week. B.  Selectivity Whether a regulatory measure is selective shall be examined within the context… Read More Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part II)

Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part I)

by Emanuela Matei, Associate Researcher – CELS* This article represents Part 1/2 of a larger material regarding the interaction of EU state aid rules and international investment law in the context of recent EC Decisions. Part 2/2 will be published later this week.  I.          Introduction In May 2014, Obama defended a more relaxed foreign policy that… Read More Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part I)