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.

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.


POSTPONED! The 7th EFILA Annual Conference 2022 has been postoned to June 2022. We will announce the new date asap. 

POSTPONED: The Young EFILA kick off event has been postponed as well to June 2022. We will announce the new date asap. 

The Call for Papers and the Young Practitioners Essay Competition 2022 for the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review are now open, click here and here.

On 28 October 2021, Annette Magnussen delivered the 2021 Annual EFILA Lecture, click here.

On 5 October 2021, ICLG and EFILA hosted a webinar on Investor-State Arbitration: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, click here

Just published: The Impact of EU law on ISDS, intra-EU BITs and the ECT by Prof. Nikos Lavranos, in the Investor-State Arbitration 2022 Guide, click here.

Just published: International Investment Protection of Global Banking and Finacnce, by our EFILA member Arif H. Ali and David. L. Attanasio (Wolters Kluwer), click here to order.

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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