The Lack of Any Legal Conflict Between EU Law and Intra-EU BITs/ECT Disputes

 by Dr. Nikos Lavranos LLM, Secretary General of EFILA* A couple of weeks ago the first award in the series of more than 25 other solar energy cases against Spain was issued. The case was brought by two companies based in Luxembourg and the Netherlands against Spain on the basis of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)… Read More The Lack of Any Legal Conflict Between EU Law and Intra-EU BITs/ECT Disputes

Report on EFILA’s Annual Conference

by  Blazej Blasikiewicz and Juan Pablo Valdivia Pizzaro Maison du Barreau, Paris February 5th 2016 I. Introduction The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) set out for a promising year with its Inaugural Conference in London in January of 2015. Last year proved to be full of notorious developments in the area of… Read More Report on EFILA’s Annual Conference

GAR Awards 2016: The EFILA Lecture Has Been Shortlisted

EFILA is glad to announce that Ms. Sophie Nappert’s EFILA Lecture “Escaping from Freedom? The Dilemma of An Improved ISDS Mechanism” has been shortlisted for the 2016 GAR Awards for the best speech/lecture. In the coming period, the voting process will begin. We would be grateful if Ms. Nappert’s outstanding lecture would receive your vote.

ISDS Novelty Overlooked Or Novelty Outdated?

by Emma Spiteri-Gonzi* Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a procedural mechanism provided for in international investment agreements such as bilateral investment treaties (BITs) or multi-lateral investment treaties (MITs). ISDS allows an investor from one country to institute proceedings against the country where their investments where made- the Host State. So, has this novelty been overlooked… Read More ISDS Novelty Overlooked Or Novelty Outdated?

Call for Papers: PluriCourts Conference – 25-26 August 2016

The PluriCourts Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo is organizing a conference titled ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes: between interaction and isolation.’ The conference will be hosted at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo on Thursday and Friday 25- 26 August 2016. Submission procedures and timelines are detailed at the end of… Read More Call for Papers: PluriCourts Conference – 25-26 August 2016

The Shortcomings of the Proposal for an “International Court System” (ICS)

by Dr. Nikos Lavranos LLM, Secretary General of EFILA* During 2015 it became clear that the European Commission was under mounting pressure from the European Parliament (EP), Trade Ministers of several EU Member States, anti-ISDS NGOs and the media to propose more “reforms” of the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) system that is contained in CETA and… Read More The Shortcomings of the Proposal for an “International Court System” (ICS)