The ‘Mixed’ Future of the EU’s Investment Law and Arbitration Policy

by Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General of EFILA* The year 2016 must be considered a real “annus horribilis” for the EU’s investment law and arbitration policy. The following list is just an incomplete overview of the failures of the European Commission to deliver any positive results: TTIP was not concluded within the presidency of the Obama Administration… Read More The ‘Mixed’ Future of the EU’s Investment Law and Arbitration Policy

Arbitration in Iran: With Focus on International Commercial Arbitration

  Nasim Gheidi & Parham Zahedi, Gheidi & Associates* Part one – Historical Background Following the historic deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, Iran is again at the center of companies’ attention from all over the world. Iran, with… Read More Arbitration in Iran: With Focus on International Commercial Arbitration

3rd EFILA Annual Conference: Vienna, 23 February 2017

REGISTER NOW for the 3rd EFILA Annual Conference will take place on 23 February 2017 in Vienna. The topic is “The External Relations Aspects of the EU’s Investment Law & Policy”. This conference will focus on how the EU’s investment law and policy is perceived in other parts of the world. This is in contrast… Read More 3rd EFILA Annual Conference: Vienna, 23 February 2017

Legitimate expectations in the TTIP proposal, in CETA, in EU law and in international investment law: a paradigm of Heraclitean hidden harmony?

by Artemis Malliaropoulou* “The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 1953 The wording of the European Commission Public Consultation Paper on modalities for investment protection and ISDS in TTIP signals, among other questions, the necessity to conduct further research and… Read More Legitimate expectations in the TTIP proposal, in CETA, in EU law and in international investment law: a paradigm of Heraclitean hidden harmony?

CETA and Fundamental Rights in the European Union: Invitation to a Dialogue between Courts

by Ioana Petculescu*  Following an arduous negotiation process which started in 2009, Canada and the European Union eventually signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (hereinafter “CETA” or the “Agreement”) on October 30, 2016. As recent events demonstrate, the Agreement remains, however, controversial and as contested as the already (in)famous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership… Read More CETA and Fundamental Rights in the European Union: Invitation to a Dialogue between Courts

The love-hate story of arbitral jurisdiction over claims against states in the EU

by Emanuela Matei, Associate Researcher – CELS* Staging the scene In October 2013 the European Commission issued a note entitled ‘Platform for Good Tax Governance: Addressing the remaining cases of double taxation in the single market: means to foster arbitration’ in which it exposed the limitations of the EU Arbitration Convention 90/463/EEC. It affirmed that whenever… Read More The love-hate story of arbitral jurisdiction over claims against states in the EU