5th EFILA Annual Conference: 30 January 2020

Investment Protection in the EU: Alternatives to intra-EU BITs

Keynote Speaker: Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID


The 5th EFILA Annual Conference will discuss various aspects of the consequences of the termination of intra-EU BITs for the protection of investments and investors in the EU.

The conference will also cover the potential impact for ECT disputes.

The Keynote Speaker is Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID.

Registration via Eventbrite is required via this link:




09:00-09:15: Welcome Address by Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA

Prof. Loukas Mistelis (Queen Mary University of London and Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA)

09:15-10:45: Panel 1: Investment/investor protection under EU law?

Chair: Judge C. Vajda (Court of Justice of the European Union)


Alejandro Garcia (Partner, Clyde & Co.)

Raffaella Assetta (European Commission, deputy head of unit DGFISMA)

Dr. Patricia Nacimiento (Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP)

Dr. Alexandra Diehl (Local Partner, White & Case)

10:45-11:15 Tea/coffee break

11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Alternative tools for effective investment/investor protection

Chair: Prof. Nassib G. Ziadé (CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR- AAA))



Mark E. Appel (Arbitrator, Mediator, ArbDB Chambers)

Mélida N. Hodgson (Partner, Jenner & Block LLP)

Eloïse M. Obadia (IFC/WorldBank)

Prof. Gerard Meijer (Partner, Linklaters)

12:45-14:00 Lunch break


Keynote Speech: Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID

“Alternative Dispute Resolution in Investment – The Role of Complementary Mechanisms and Approaches”

Chair: Lord Goldsmith QC (Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton)


Monty Taylor (Associate, Arnold & Porter)

Prof. Stephan Schill (University of Amsterdam)

Dr. Paschalis Paschalidis (Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling)

Arne Fuchs (Partner, McDermott Will & Emery)

Mirjam van de Hel (Partner, NautaDutilh)

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break

16:00-17:30 Panel 3: The future of the ECT and intra-EU ECT disputes

Chair: Dr. José Ángel Rueda García (CUATRECASAS)


Robin Rylander (Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling)

Maria Kostytska (Partner, Winston & Strawn)

Luciana Ricart (Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle)

Quentin Declève (VAN BAEL & BELLIS)

17:30-17:45 Closing remarks

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos (Secretary General of EFILA)

18:00-20.00 Drinks