Investment

ISDS ICS

EU’s new investment protection provisions in FTAs under renewed civil society fire – ETUC rejects CETA – TNI chastises ICS plans in EU Mexico

The investment court system proposed by the EU its new trade agreements’ investment protection chapters has not placated civil society groups, despite the reforms of the previous system, based on international investor-state arbitration. These reforms were adopted after a civil society and EU Parliament and (in particular) German outcry against …

Investment

Leaked plans for intra-EU investment court embedded in Hague Court less ambitious than previous proposals linked to internal market supervision system

A joint document tabled in April by Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Finland to the Trade Policy Committee and leaked late on Wednesday shows key EU member states are trying to find a way out of the current EU Commission clampdown on the bilateral investment treaties between Western European …

ISDS ICS Vietnam

MEP Fjellner: investment court in EU Vietnam FTA amounts to “trusting judges appointed by a communist regime”

The young Swedish MEP (EPP) Christopher Fjellner is playing the role of gadfly on investment protection in the EU Parliament, whose pressure has led the EU to introduce permanent judges as part of the dispute resolution pillar of its new bilateral free trade agreements.   Under proposal in the ongoing …

CETA France Germany Investment

France and Germany congratulate themselves on CETA investment chapter outcome as ratification countdown begins

Canada endorsed the EU’s idea of a system of international arbitration or adjudication based on pre-selected judges to deal with disputes between investors and host states in the Canada EU CETA trade deal initially concluded in September 2014.   The EU went back to Canada during the ‘legal scrubbing’ process …

In-depth briefings Investment United States & TTIP

Monthly Briefing: Investment protection chapters in EU trade agreements – What lies ahead for TTIP

This brief analyses how investment protection provisions in EU trade agreements have evolved since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in late 2009 right up to the EU’s November 2015 proposal to the United States in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. The text …