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

Trinh Ba Duong (Geneva MIDS)[1] Croatia v. Slovenia is an exceptionally rare case which deeply touched the matter of terminating an arbitration agreement between two states, particularly a compromis.[2] 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 … Continue reading 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

The new EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments: A tool for disguised protectionism?

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 … Continue reading The new EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investments: A tool for disguised protectionism?

EFILA 2019 Annual Conference: The EU and the future of international investment law and arbitration

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 … Continue reading EFILA 2019 Annual Conference: The EU and the future of international investment law and arbitration

The Pre-Establishment National Treatment Obligation: How Common Is It?

Vrinda Vinayak* Introduction The national treatment obligation in international investment agreements (IIAs) is a double-edged sword - while it may attract foreign investment by guaranteeing equal access to and treatment in the domestic market, it has the potential to limit autonomy and sovereignty of nations in formulating domestic policy, and opens these measures up to … Continue reading The Pre-Establishment National Treatment Obligation: How Common Is It?

Chinese SOE Investment: An Economic Statecraft

Bashar H. Malkawi* China’s rising economic preeminence has been stunning, firmly ensconcing China as the second most powerful world economy replacing previously second-ranked Japan. In a remarkably short span, less than 15 years, the US economy has experienced a relatively huge decline vis-à-vis China on a nominal GDP basis. China’s remarkable economic juggernaut has been … Continue reading Chinese SOE Investment: An Economic Statecraft

A New And Improved Investment Protection Regime: Truth Or Myth!

Shilpa Singh Jaswant, LLM (Hamburg) The proposed investment court system by the European Commission aims to limit criticism revolved around Investor-State Dispute Settlement due to its lack of legitimacy, transparency and appellate mechanism. The investment regime under Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (hereinafter “CETA”) and European Union-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (hereinafter “EUVFTA”) … Continue reading A New And Improved Investment Protection Regime: Truth Or Myth!

Report on the 4th Annual EFILA Lecture delivered by Prof. George A. Bermann (Columbia University New York, School of Law), Brussels 25 October 2018

by Adam Marios Paschalidis (NautaDutilh) Recalibrating the European Union - International Arbitration Interface Introduction The 2018 Annual EFILA Lecture by Prof. George A. Bermann (Columbia University School of Law), continues the successful Annual EFILA Lectures series, which were previously delivered by Sophie Nappert (2015), Johnny Veeder (2016) and Sir Christopher Greenwood (2017). Before giving the … Continue reading Report on the 4th Annual EFILA Lecture delivered by Prof. George A. Bermann (Columbia University New York, School of Law), Brussels 25 October 2018

A Meeting of the Two Worlds: The Human Rights Regime and International Investment Law – A Critique of Urbaser v. Argentina

Priya Garg* A plethora of cases have been filed before investment tribunals regarding the issue of interaction or conflict between human rights obligations of investor or State and his or its, as the case may be, duties under international investment law (hereinafter, IIL).[1] The recent case of Urbaser v. Argentina only joins this already long … Continue reading A Meeting of the Two Worlds: The Human Rights Regime and International Investment Law – A Critique of Urbaser v. Argentina

Post-Achmea Energy Charter Treaty Coherence and Stability: Upheld or Hindered?

Alexandros Catalin Bakos, LL. M.* […] but this is not where or how it ends. Fate promises more twists before this drama unfolds…completely (in-game dialogue from the intro scene of the video game Soul Reaver 2). The EU’s backlash against intra-EU (Bilateral?) Investment Treaties – intra-EU (B)ITs – reached its peak when the CJEU issued … Continue reading Post-Achmea Energy Charter Treaty Coherence and Stability: Upheld or Hindered?

The Treatment of Investments clause under the Indian Model BIT: Laden with greater certainty, restrictions and/or ambiguity?

Naman Lohiya B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) Batch 2015-2020 Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar, Gujarat. “No Party shall subject investments made by investors of the other Party to measures which constitute a violation of customary international law through: Denial of justice in any judicial or administrative proceedings; or fundamental breach of due process; or targeted discrimination on manifestly … Continue reading The Treatment of Investments clause under the Indian Model BIT: Laden with greater certainty, restrictions and/or ambiguity?