Untapped Potential of MFN Clauses: an MFN clause to invoke another “more” MFN clause

By Danilo Ruggero Di Bella[1] On the premise that not all most-favoured-nation (MFN) clauses are created equal, this piece will explore whether it is possible to combine an MFN clause with a more favourable MFN clause contained in another treaty. The objective of doing so, would be to invoke another provision in that treaty (or … Continue reading Untapped Potential of MFN Clauses: an MFN clause to invoke another “more” MFN clause

Upcoming EFILA Opportunities: Annual Lecture October 2022 and Young Practitioners and Scholars Essay Competition 2023

Young EFILA would like to remind you of two fantastic opportunities: 8th EFILA Annual Lecture We would like to invite you to the EFILA Annual Lecture, this year taking place on 13 October at the Press Club Brussels Europe in Brussels. The 2022 lecture will focus on "ESG Investment Strategy" This EFILA Annual Lecture consists … Continue reading Upcoming EFILA Opportunities: Annual Lecture October 2022 and Young Practitioners and Scholars Essay Competition 2023

Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: A necessary turning point for investment protection in the energy sector?

By Agata Daszko[1] and Kilian Wagner[2] Introduction The Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT” or “Treaty”), signed in December 1994 in Lisbon, has its origins in the 1990 proposal of the Dutch Prime Minister, Ruud Lubbers, which first resulted in the European Energy Charter of 1991 as a political declaration and continued in the negotiations for a … Continue reading Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: A necessary turning point for investment protection in the energy sector?

Green Power v. Spain: Intra-EU Game Changer or an Exception that Confirms the Rule?

by Iván Levy[1] Introduction On June 16, 2022, the Tribunal in Green Power Partners K/S & SCE Solar Don Benito APS v. The Kingdom of Spain (Green Power v. Spain) issued its award and became the first tribunal to uphold the so-called intra-EU objection.[2] After a large number of decisions historically rejecting the objection, is … Continue reading Green Power v. Spain: Intra-EU Game Changer or an Exception that Confirms the Rule?

Young EFILA Kick Off Event: a lively debate on the European Union as an attractive foreign investment destination

By Velislava Hristova[1] Held in a hybrid format, the Young EFILA’s official kick-off event took place on 8 June 2022 at the Amsterdam office of Linklaters LLP and online.  The event featured an Oxford-style debate on the motion: “After Achmea, Komstroy and PL Holdings: the EU is still an attractive foreign investment destination”. The debate … Continue reading Young EFILA Kick Off Event: a lively debate on the European Union as an attractive foreign investment destination

Unveiling Japan’s Modern BIT Policy: A Review of its Substantive Provisions

By Yosuke Iwasaki (Sidley Austin LLP) and Takashi Yokoyama (Tenzer Arrieta PLLC)[1] While Japan has signed 36[2] bilateral investment treaties (“BITs”) with predominantly capital importing countries, historically the Japanese government’s investment treaty policy has been veiled in secrecy. While some countries, such as the United States and India, have officially published their own model BITs, … Continue reading Unveiling Japan’s Modern BIT Policy: A Review of its Substantive Provisions

RUSSIAN INVESTORS IN AFRICA:HE WHO DOES NOT RISK WILL NEVER DRINK CHAMPAGNE

(Russian Proverb) Izabella Prusskaya, Associate, CAREY OLSEN (BVI) L.P. “Africa needs more Russian foreign direct investments to enhance the current Africa-Russian trade ties” Albert M. Muchanga, Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018, "Business Dialogue: Russia-Africa" A changing landscape: industry focus and the nature of … Continue reading RUSSIAN INVESTORS IN AFRICA:HE WHO DOES NOT RISK WILL NEVER DRINK CHAMPAGNE

The Contents of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review, Vol. 5 (2020)

Prof. Nikos Lavranos & Prof. Loukas Mistelis (Co-Editors in Chief) We are very pleased and proud to present the fifth issue of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review (EILA Rev) 2020. As of 23 December 2020, all articles of this volume can be ordered online at Brill Publishers: https://brill.com/view/title/59321?rskey=CP5Flx&result=1 The stormy developments of the … Continue reading The Contents of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review, Vol. 5 (2020)

Regulatory Challenges Arising from Sovereign Wealth Funds and National Security: Exacerbate Great Power Competition between China and the United States?

Charles Ho Wang Mak* and I-Ju Chen** China is now a major player in some of the United States’ (US) most important sectors. China’s impact can be found through the acquisition by some of its most influential companies, which are later acquired by the sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) of China. US’ companies, for example, Apple … Continue reading Regulatory Challenges Arising from Sovereign Wealth Funds and National Security: Exacerbate Great Power Competition between China and the United States?

Practical Implications of the New Legal Framework for Foreign Direct Investment in the European Union

By Dr. Philipp Stompfe, LL.M. (London)* In March 2018, following an initiative of Germany, France and Italy, the Council of the European Union (“EU”) approved a Regulation on establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments (“FDI”) into the European Union (“Regulation”). The new Regulation entered into force on 10 April 2019 and will … Continue reading Practical Implications of the New Legal Framework for Foreign Direct Investment in the European Union