AIA and EFILA Event: Seminar on Arbitration and EU Law

Seminar on Arbitration and EU Law – 7th April 2016, Brussels, Belgium   EVENT CO-ORGANIZED WITH THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR INVESTMENT LAW AND ARBITRATION (EFILA)   Over the years, there has been increasing EU activity in private international law. The interaction and relationship of EU law and international commercial arbitration has had growing interest over the years. In… Read More AIA and EFILA Event: Seminar on Arbitration and EU Law

Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part II)

by Emanuela Matei, Associate Researcher – CELS* This article represents Part 2/2 of a larger material regarding the interaction of EU state aid rules and international investment law in the context of recent EC Decisions. Part 1/2 was published earlier this week. B.  Selectivity Whether a regulatory measure is selective shall be examined within the context… Read More Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part II)

Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part I)

by Emanuela Matei, Associate Researcher – CELS* This article represents Part 1/2 of a larger material regarding the interaction of EU state aid rules and international investment law in the context of recent EC Decisions. Part 2/2 will be published later this week.  I.          Introduction In May 2014, Obama defended a more relaxed foreign policy that… Read More Just Because State Aid Is The Best Hammer Does Not Mean That All Issues Are Nails (Part I)

EFILA Blog’s October Recommendation: Proportionality in Investor-State Arbitration

This month’s recommendation from Oxford University Press: Gebhard Bücheler – Proportionality in Investor-State Arbitration. The new volume by Gebhard Bücheler: Shows that proportionality is a general principle of law relevant to investor-State arbitration Develops an analytical framework for deciding in which legal settings conflicts between the interests of foreign investors and the public interest ought to be resolved… Read More EFILA Blog’s October Recommendation: Proportionality in Investor-State Arbitration

The Polish Government’s Standpoint on ISDS Inclusion in the Scope of TTIP

by Pawel Sikora, Kubas Kos Gałkowski It is beyond any doubts that the ongoing procedure of negotiating Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (US) raises essential controversies among the EU member states societies. However, it is not the first time such controversies occur, as just… Read More The Polish Government’s Standpoint on ISDS Inclusion in the Scope of TTIP

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* 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)