Entries by efila

EFILA publishes paper on the EC’s International Court System (ICS)

EFILA publishes a paper regarding the European Commission’s proposal for the International Court System (ICS).   The main aim of the paper is to present an in-depth analysis of the European Commission’s proposal for ICS in the context of the existing investment regime as well as comparing it with the WTO dispute settlement system.   The […]

EFILA publishes response to the criticism against ISDS

Since the Lisbon Treaty entered into force almost 6 years ago, the European Commission began  developing its own  EU investment policy. The core of this new investment policy is the conclusion of trade and investment treaties with strategically important countries. In the context of these negotiations, the critique against investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), which is […]

Academics sign a letter in support of ISDS

46 eminent professors of international law from major Canadian and US universities has signed an open letter in support of investor-state dispute settlement provisions (ISDS) in international investment treaties. The letter calls for the discussion on ISDS based on facts and balanced representations instead of ‘errors or skewed information’. The letter is available under the […]

EFILA organizes event on ISDS in the European Parliament

Since the start of the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP), the issue of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) has become the most hotly debated subject in Brussels and in many Member States. This traditional method of dispute resolution between a foreign investor and a State, in which the investor can seek […]

EFILA’s comment in Borderlex

EFILA’s comment entitled “Turning the tide on deteriorating EU investment protection standards after Lisbon” has been published by Borderlex, an online platform providing independent news and analysis as well as commentary from leaders in the field of trade policy.   The comment is available on Borderlex webiste.

Arbitration community calls for improvement of the system

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a renowned practitioner and arbitrator Hamid Gharavi of Derains & Gharavi published a strong criticism of the existing system of annulment proceedings under the ICSID rules. Ghravi expresses concern about ‘the unbalanced and extraordinary power that the secretary-general of […]

Former ICJ Judge Schwebel defends ISDS

Former long-time judge and president of the International Court of Justice, highly regarded arbitration specialist and one of the most senior jurist of the globe wrote an excellent short piece for the Columbia FDI Perspectives, an occasional series of perspectives on important and topical foreign direct investment (FDI) issues. Judge Schwebel states, inter alia, that: […]

EFILA’s SG will speak on CETA at McGill University

S-G of EFILA, Nikos Lavranos, will speak at the “Conference on the Canada – EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement” to be held at McGill University in Montreal on 31 October – 1 November, 2014. More information about the conference is available here