Tracking and analyzing the EU's investment policy

On ISDS, BITs, FTAs and the MIC

EFILA is the unique, specialized think-tank


More than 3,000 investment treaties protect foreign investments

More than 150 States are parties to the ICSID and NY Convention

There are more than 800 known investor-State dispute cases


States win 36.5% of all disputes

Investors win 27.9% of all disputes

22.8% of all disputes are settled

Our aims

The EU was created to achieve the strengthening of economies of its Members States and to contribute to the protection of its citizens. The economic and political stability and development of the EU and its Member States depends to a large extent on offering a stable and foreseeable legal framework for domestic and foreign investors.

In addition, access to an efficient and effective dispute settlement system is an important and integral element of the Rule of Law within and outside of the EU and its Member States.

EFILA complements these endeavours by providing as a Brussels-based think-tank a platform for a fact- and merit-based discussion on pertaining to all relevant issues associated with the EU’s investment law and arbitration policy.

To this end, EFILA regularly organizes events such as the Annual Conference and the Annual Lecture.

Together with the Queen Mary University of London, EFILA publishes the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review. The first legal journal that is exclusively dedicated to the EU’s investment law and policy agenda.

EFILA also publishes papers on relevant topics of European investment law and policy and participates in public consultations organized by the EU, OECD, ICSID etc.

EFILA also actively participates as an Observer in the UNCITRAL WG III on ISDS reforms.

EFILA Statement on the Russian aggression against Ukraine

The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) stands in solidarity with our Ukrainian colleagues and the Ukrainian people against the violence they are facing and fully endorses the statements of many other international non-governmental organizations such as the IBA, ASIL, ESIL and the Swiss Association of International Law on the Russian aggression against Ukraine:

  • The Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine violates the most basic principles of the UN Charter and of international law.
  • The Russian Federation is responsible under international law for all acts of aggression against Ukraine and its war on a sovereign, independent Ukraine is unlawful.

EFILA stands for the respect of the Rule of Law in Europe and for the effective protection of all investors and all investments throughout Europe, including Ukraine.

More importantly, we stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian colleagues, and the people of Ukraine, against the violence they are currently enduring.

This is a very sombre day for Ukraine, for Europe, and for the world.

However, our resolve in preserving and promoting the Rule of Law in Europe has never been stronger.

Download the statement as PDF file here: EFILA statement against Russian aggression


The last EFILA Annual Conference on Climate change and international investment law & arbitration: challenges and uncertainties took place on 16 March 2023 in Madrid, click here

The last Young EFILA event on Combatting Climate Change: ISDS, friend or foe? took place on 15 March 2023 at 6pm (CET) at A&O Madrid office (and hybrid), click here

Young EFILA has been shortlisted by GAR in the category of “Best development of the year”!

Just published: The Impact of EU law on ISDS, intra-EU BITs and the ECT by Prof. Nikos Lavranos, in the Investor-State Arbitration 2023 Guide, download the article: ISA23_Chapter 2 The Impact of EU Law on ISDS (002)

Just published: International Arbitration and EU Law, edited by Prof. Nikos Lavranos & José Mata Dona (Edward Elgar Publishing) click here to order.

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