José Rafael Mata Dona1 As in the previous session of the stakeholder meeting organized by the European Commission (see here), this roundup started with a brief recap of the whole process of the UNICTRAL Working Group III (for a more detailed review of the EU’s proposal for a MIC and ISDS reform under the auspices of UNCITRAL… Read More Stakeholder meeting on a possible future Multilateral Investment Court: Establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court (Brussels, 15 January 2020)
Alexandros-Cătălin Bakos There is no denying that there is a serious backlash against investment arbitration at the moment. The signs are everywhere: from the latest discussions occurring within UNCITRAL’s Working Group III to the more recent practice of states (see the 22 European Union Member States’ declaration concerning the termination of their intra-EU Bilateral Investment… Read More Investment Tribunals Are Too Quick to Establish the Existence of Issue and Cause of Action Estoppel in International (Investment) Law
EFILA has recently submitted its suggestions to the UNCITRAL Working Group no. 3 on ISDS Reform. The entire document can be found here. An extract can be read below. The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) believes that no discussion about the reform of the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) system should occur without… Read More Ensuring Equitable Access to All Stakeholders: Critical Suggestions for the MIC (EFILA Submission to the UNCITRAL WG no. 3 on ISDS Reforms)
Alexandros Catalin Bakos, LL.M. Candidate, Utrecht University In a somewhat fortunate turn of events for the stability (or what is left of it in any case) of the intra-European Union (intra-EU) investment treaty system, the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) has annulled the EU Commission’s decision rendered against Romania for illegal state aid… Read More Schrödinger’s Investment: the EU’s General Court Considers that the Compensation Ordered by the Micula Tribunal is Not a Form of State Aid (Although it Might as Well Have Been)
Vishesh Sharma* and Vishakha Choudhary** Uniform jurisprudence concerning state counterclaims in investment arbitration remains elusive. Ordinarily, the conditions for their presentation are twofold: parties should have consented to arbitration of counterclaims, and the counterclaims should be connected to the primary claim. However, tribunals have oscillated between strict application of these criteria, to extreme dilution based… Read More Do New-Age International Investment Agreements Introduce a Method to the Madness of State Counterclaims in Investment Arbitration?
David Ndolo, Coventry Law School, Coventry University The UK parliament passed the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 (“EUWA”) that gained royal accent on 26 June 2018. While the exit day is currently set for 29 March 2019, there is a proposed transition period until December 2020 in case a Brexit deal is agreed upon. In… Read More The End of West Takers in the UK? Anti-suit injunctions post-Brexit: The default ‘No-deal’ Scenario
by Avani Agarwal In November 2012, Gary Born proposed the idea of a Bilateral Arbitration Treaty (BAT), in a speech aptly titled “BIT’s, BAT’s and Buts” (available as an essay in the 13th Young Arbitration Review). He suggested developing a system of international treaties whereby countries decide that a particular set of international disputes (such… Read More Bilateral Arbitration Treaties: Are BATs Blind to Existing International Structures and Realities?
Trinh Ba Duong (Geneva MIDS) Croatia v. Slovenia is an exceptionally rare case which deeply touched the matter of terminating an arbitration agreement between two states, particularly a compromis. The dispute addressed in the partial award arose in the context that there was an ex parte communication between Dr. Jernej Sekolec, the arbitrator appointed by… Read More The Notion of “Material Breach” as the Ground to Terminate an Inter-State Arbitration Agreement (Compromis): A Criticism over Croatia v. Slovenia Tribunal’s Approach
Prof. Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General of EFILA In December 2018, the EU institutions agreed on the text for an EU Regulation establishing a mechanism for screening all foreign investments into the EU. In just over a year the EU institutions adopted this Regulation, which is unusually fast and reflects the apparent political will of the… Read More The new EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments: A tool for disguised protectionism?
Description 4th Annual EFILA Conference The EU and the future of international investment law and arbitration With the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty 10 years ago the EU has become a dynamic policy actor in international investment law and arbitration. In particular, within the context of the increasing public concerns against TTIP, BITs… Read More EFILA 2019 Annual Conference: The EU and the future of international investment law and arbitration