Report on the 7th Annual EFILA Lecture delivered by Annette Magnusson (Climate Change Counsel), Brussels, 28 October 2021

Pieter Fritschy (Senior Associate, Nauta Dutilh) "ENERGY CHARTER TREATY ARBITRATION AND THE PARIS AGREEMENT – FRIENDS OR FOES?" On 28 October 2021, Annette Magnusson delivered the 7th Annual EFILA Lecture in Brussels. The topic of her lecture concerned the relationship between the Energy Charter Treaty and the Paris Agreement, more specifically the question of whether … Continue reading Report on the 7th Annual EFILA Lecture delivered by Annette Magnusson (Climate Change Counsel), Brussels, 28 October 2021

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

Eiser v. Spain: Reinforcing the Importance of Early Disclosure in Investment Arbitration

By Sumit Chatterjee (National Law School of India University, Bangalore) An ICSID Committee, chaired by Ricardo Ramirez-Hernandez, recently annulled an arbitral award rendered in favour of a solar power investor in the case of Eiser Infrastructre Ltd. v Republic of Spain. [1] The primary ground on which the award was annulled was the undisclosed relationship … Continue reading Eiser v. Spain: Reinforcing the Importance of Early Disclosure in Investment Arbitration

Taking Investors’ Rights Seriously: The Achmea and CETA Rulings of the European Court of Justice do Not Bar Intra-EU Investment Arbitration

Prof. Dr. Alexander Reuter * The ECJ’s Achmea and CETA rulings [1]; as well as the entire debate conducted on the issue so far, disregard one legal factor, that is, the binding legal effect of investors’ rights under investment treaties. That factor is, however, at the heart of the matter and decisive. Under EU procedural … Continue reading Taking Investors’ Rights Seriously: The Achmea and CETA Rulings of the European Court of Justice do Not Bar Intra-EU Investment Arbitration

Young ISDS Club – ICSID and UNCITRAL Draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in ISDS disputes

By Suksham Chauhan, International Arbitration Trainee, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Paris   Young ISDS Club for the second time provided a great platform for a very engaging and interesting discussion on 8 June 2020. The Young ISDS Club remained steadfast to its core value of open discussion. It was a most candid discussion where participants … Continue reading Young ISDS Club – ICSID and UNCITRAL Draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in ISDS disputes

Young ISDS Club – Corona pandemic investment disputes

I was invited by Alexander Leventhal (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan) to participate in a webinar conducted by Young ISDS Club on 26 May 2020. Knowing Alexander’s undefined love for discussions on all things in investment arbitration, I was certain that the webinar would be intellectually stimulating. However, to my immediate surprise, it was not like the typical webinar where one could simply sit back and absorb the information. To the contrary, the webinar was interactive and made me think on my feet.