The first steps towards a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC)

by Prof. Nikos Lavranos, Secretary-General of EFILA   On the instigation of the EU, the UNCITRAL Commission adopted a broad mandate for a Working Group to: identify and consider concerns regarding ISDS; consider whether reforms are desirable in light of the identified concerns; if the Working Group were to conclude that reform is desirable, to… Read More The first steps towards a Multilateral Investment Court (MIC)

In search of a “better” globalization

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

The continued lack of adequate investment protection in Europe

Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General, EFILA Recently, the UNCTAD Investment Division announced that it had “completed its regular semi-annual update of the Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator, which is now up-to-date as of 1 January 2017”. The Navigator is a useful web-based search tool containing information regarding pending and closed investor-State disputes based on the thousands of… Read More The continued lack of adequate investment protection in Europe

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

The Provisional Application of CETA is Coming Close

by Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General of EFILA The anti-CETA/TTIP campaign is reaching its climax. After the anti-ISDS NGOs have managed to bring the TTIP-negotiations to halt – at least it has now been officially admitted that the negotiations cannot be concluded in 2016 and it remains unclear whether, and if so, how long the negotiations… Read More The Provisional Application of CETA is Coming Close

Why the EU’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Competence Should be Re-nationalized

by Nikos Lavranos, Secretary General of EFILA At the last meeting of the Trade Policy Committee (TPC) at Full Members level, that is at Director General level, encompassing all MS and the European Commission, DG Demarty of the Commission is quoted as saying that the EU trade policy would have a “big credibility problem” if… Read More Why the EU’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Competence Should be Re-nationalized

BDA & AIA: Master Class on Investment Arbitration: Brussels, 19-22 September 2016

Dr. Nikos Lavranos, Secretary-General of EFILA, will give a Master Class on Investment Arbitration for the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and AIA on Monday, 19 September 2016 in Brussels. This Master Class is part of the closer cooperation agreed between EFILA and the AIA. See here for the programme and registration: Master Class: Investment Arbitration The Brussels… Read More BDA & AIA: Master Class on Investment Arbitration: Brussels, 19-22 September 2016