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.  The primary ground on which the award was annulled was the undisclosed relationship… Read More Eiser v. Spain: Reinforcing the Importance of Early Disclosure in Investment Arbitration
Prof. Dr. Alexander Reuter * The ECJ’s Achmea and CETA rulings ; 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… Read More Taking Investors’ Rights Seriously: The Achmea and CETA Rulings of the European Court of Justice do Not Bar Intra-EU Investment Arbitration
China’s International Investment Strategy Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy International Economic Law Series Edited by Julien Chaisse This collection, compiled by award-winning scholar Professor Julien Chaisse, explores the three distinct tracks of China’s investment policy and strategy: bilateral agreements including those with the US and the EU; regional agreements including the Free Trade… Read More New from Oxford University Press: China’s International Investment Strategy Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy
Aayushi Singh* Introduction – Cogs of the same wheel – Trade and FDI Grazia Ietto-Gillies’ theories were based on the classical theory of trade in which the motive behind trade was a result of the difference in the costs of production of goods between two countries, focusing on the low cost of production as a… Read More The Need for the Implementation of a Multilateral Agreement on Investment vis-à-vis Dispute Settlement in WTO
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
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?
by Sujoy Sur While allowing investors the right to directly bring a claim against the States has said to be the single most progressive development in International Law in the 20th century, they also have gained recognition as ‘subjects’ of international law. It is this recognition which puts a corollary duty on the investor to regard… Read More Urbaser v. Argentina: Analysing the Expanding Scope of Investment Arbitration in light of Human Rights Obligations
by Nikos Lavranos, Secretary-General of EFILA The backlash against globalization At the OECD, Global Forum on International Investment (6 March) more than hundred stakeholders from businesses, trade unions, academics and OECD member states gathered together for a one-day meeting considering ways towards a “better” globalization, which is more “inclusive”, i.e., which benefits all. The OECD… Read More In search of a “better” globalization
by Shiva Ghahremani (Konrad & Partners), Amirhossein Tanhaei (CMS) The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015 and subsequently the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iran, reintroduced the Iranian economy to the international trade and investment, leading Iran to return to the commercial mainstream. Just a few days ago, Tehran signed… Read More Iran’s Accession to ICSID: What to Expect?
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