Author: Nikos Lavranos

EU UK agreement: an analysis of the EU’s proposed dispute settlement provisions
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EU UK agreement: an analysis of the EU’s proposed dispute settlement provisions

The EU released an initial draft treaty proposal it tabled last week to the United Kingdom as part of negotiations towards their future relationship. Although talks are de facto suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s worth analysing in detail the dispute settlement provisions included therein, as this is a …

The ECJ concluded that CETA contains sufficient safeguards to ensure the independence of the judges of the CETA tribunals
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ECJ green light to CETA investment court gives EU free rein on global stage

On Tuesday (April 30), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its long-awaited opinion on the question raised by Belgium whether the investment court system (ICS), which encompasses a tribunal and appellate tribunal, is compatible with EU law. The approval of the ECJ not only removes the remaining obstacle for …

Mauritius is determined to continue to drum up support for the MIC proposal
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ISDS reforms: Multilateral Investment Court faces resistance but specific reform processes get rolling

At its last meeting in New York UNCITRAL Working Group III on reforms of investor-state dispute settlement pushed back on proposals for an EU-sponsored multilateral investment court (MIC). But participants managed to agree to continue working on a general approach to reforms and to specific changes. More than 100 governments …

Analysis: Even the EU cannot be fully consistent on investment protection in FTAs
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Analysis: Even the EU cannot be fully consistent on investment protection in FTAs

The EU’s international investment protection policies are not 100% consistent, Nikos Lavranos concludes after examining the relevant chapters of the bloc’s trade agreements with Vietnam and Singapore and CETA. The perceived inconsistency in existing bilateral investment agreements and the jurisprudence of international arbitral tribunals established under those BITs have been …