The EU’s foreign investment screening proposal: Towards more protectionism in the EU

by Prof. Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General of EFILA Last September, European Commission President Juncker presented a proposal for a European foreign investment screening regulation – apparently following a request by Germany, France and Italy. The proposal fits the protectionist mood that has taken hold in Brussels and in many EU Member States. The backlash against… Read More The EU’s foreign investment screening proposal: Towards more protectionism in the EU

The Concept of Arbitrability of Arbitration Agreements in India

by Harshal Morwale* “Arbitration is the grease that helps economies flow and brings us benefits around the world.” —David W. Rivkin[1] Introduction Arbitration is a dynamic dispute resolution technique. An arbitrator’s powers normally derive from the arbitration agreement. With increasing number of cross border transactions and international trade contracts, the arbitrability of arbitration agreements holds… Read More The Concept of Arbitrability of Arbitration Agreements in India

The Vodafone Tax Dispute: Abuse of Process in International Investment Arbitration?

by Malcolm Katrak* Recently, the Delhi High Court in the case of Union of India v. Vodafone Group, passed an ex-parte order restraining the Vodafone Group from pursuing an investment arbitration claim against India under the India-United Kingdom Bilateral Investment Treaty (India- UK BIT). The Court held that multiple claims cannot be permitted by corporate… Read More The Vodafone Tax Dispute: Abuse of Process in International Investment Arbitration?

Arbitration in Iran: With Focus on International Commercial Arbitration (Part III)

Nasim Gheidi & Parham Zahedi, Gheidi & Associates (See Part 1 and Part 2 of this post here and here) Iran’s Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) Iran has signed more than 100 BITs (More than 50 of which are in force) with capital-exporting and neighboring countries for the reciprocal promotion and protection of foreign investment in Iran. The purpose behind these… Read More Arbitration in Iran: With Focus on International Commercial Arbitration (Part III)

UK post-Brexit cannot escape the impact of EU law and of the Court of Justice of the EU  

  Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LLM (Secretary General of EFILA) In recent weeks, the UK has published several papers explaining its aims of leaving the EU and how it intends to shape its future trade relationship with the EU. One of the aims repeatedly publicly stated by the UK will be “to end the direct… Read More UK post-Brexit cannot escape the impact of EU law and of the Court of Justice of the EU  

CAAI Arbitration Rules 2017: The new arbitration rules for the new Chinese Arbitration Association, International

Winnie Jo-Mei Ma, Deputy Secretary-General, CAA* To align with international trends and benchmarks while conforming to users’ demands and interests, CAA (Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei) has been devising a new set of arbitration rules for CAAI (Chinese Arbitration Association, International), a new and separate entity to be established, with its first representative office expected to open… Read More CAAI Arbitration Rules 2017: The new arbitration rules for the new Chinese Arbitration Association, International

The first steps towards a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC)

by Prof. Nikos Lavranos, Secretary-General of EFILA   On the instigation of the EU, the UNCITRAL Commission adopted a broad mandate for a Working Group to: identify and consider concerns regarding ISDS; consider whether reforms are desirable in light of the identified concerns; if the Working Group were to conclude that reform is desirable, to… Read More The first steps towards a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC)