by Horia Ciurtin LL.M., Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog* Re-published by courtesy of Kluwer Arbitration Blog. Just like a century ago – and throughout their entire history – the Balkans remain a zone of structural instability. In this respect, the ‘end of history’ has not come around to the fringes of Europe, as Francis Fukuyama… Read More Diffusing the ‘Powder Keg’ through Regional Multilateralism: The Case for Investment Autarchy in the Balkans
by Horia Ciurtin LL.M., Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog* The Geo-Economic ‘Great Game’ and Its Symbolic Requirements The Commission’s endless troubles with intra-EU investment treaties appears as a benchmark for its ability to develop a coherent trade and investment policy. Every single state and non-state stakeholder across the globalized agora is closely watching the manner… Read More Intra-EU BITs in a Fragile Union: On Non-Papers and Other (Legal) Demons
by Horia Ciurtin LL.M., Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog* Not Just a Bridgehead: Mercantile Reflections on EU’s Taiwan Position At the crossroads of global trade, Taiwan represents a hot spot that unites the flows of goods and capital from near mainland China, from the South-East Asian cauldron, as well as a bridgehead for Western transoceanic… Read More Across the Strait: The Case for a Special EU-Taiwan Trade and Investment Partnership
by Horia Ciurtin LL.M., Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog* (Legal) Multipolarity Revisited: What Lies Beyond Westphalia? This brief introduction to such an ambitious thematic must undoubtedly commence by positing its adherence to the (non-legal) core concept of ‘grand strategy’ and its realist avatars in international economic law. More precisely, it shall be argued that –… Read More Redefining the ‘Centre’: International Economic Law and Grand Strategy in a Multipolar World
by Horia Ciurtin LL.M., Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog* This post represents a counter-reply to Emanuela Matei’s material “Defining International Investment Law for the 21st Century (A Reply)”, published on the EFILA Blog on 11th September. Prologue: Antagonism and Agonism There is no doubt that false dichotomies and sophistically (a)moral choices between two imagined evils… Read More Beyond the Blockade: Law and Politics in the Investment Law Debate (A Further Reply)
by Horia Ciurtin LL.M, Managing Editor of the EFILA Blog* Traditionally, the sole subjects of public international law are sovereign states. Therefore, in the Westphalian system, only statal political entities are able to assume obligations and benefit from certain rights at an international level. As a consequence, under this classical approach, only such actors can initiate… Read More The Future of Investment Treaties: Metamorphosis or Deconstruction?