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 a platform for a fact- and merit-based discussion on the need and advantages of an EU investment law and arbitration policy that ensures the highest standard of protection for all European investors and their investments within and outside of the EU.

EFILA regularly organizes events such as the Annual Conference and the Annual Lecture.

EFILA also publishes papers on relevant topics of European investment law and policy.

Celebrating 5 years of EFILA!

Since EFILA was established in June 2014, it has developed into a highly regarded think-tank that is specifically focusing on the EU’s investment law and arbitration policy.

EFILA is unique in that it brings together arbitration practitioners, academics and policy makers, which have extensive first-hand experience and deep understanding of the relevant investment law and arbitration issues.

EFILA’s events, such as the Annual Conference and Annual Lecture, have established themselves as key-events of the investment arbitration community.

In the same year of its establishment, EFILA was nominated by its peers for the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Prize for the Best Development of the Year in 2014.

In 2015, Sophie Nappert delivered the first EFILA Annual Lecture, which won the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Prize for the Best Lecture of the Year in 2015.

In 2018, at the EFILA’s 3rd Annual Conference, the Key-note Speech of Charles Brower was nominated for the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Prize for the Best Lecture of the year in 2018.

Recently, EFILA was granted Observer Status at the UNCITRAL Working Group III, which is working on the reforms of the ISDS system.

Moreover, EFILA’s publications are widely read and cited by policy makers and academics.


REGISTER NOW for the online 6th Annual EFILA CONFERENCE click here for all details.

The 2020 issue of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review has just been published, click here.

The 6th Annual EFILA Lecture delivered by Prof. Loukas Mistelis is available on youtube, click here.

The 2021 ICLG Investor-State Arbitration Guide has just been published with a chapter on the impact of EU law on ISDS written by EFILA Secretary-General Prof. Nikos Lavranos, click here.

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