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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 …

Singapore IPA: Commission tells MEPs cancelling existing bilateral BITs is first priority
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Singapore IPA: Commission tells MEPs cancelling existing bilateral BITs is first priority

MEPs are preparing the ground to ratify the EU-Singapore free trade and investment protection agreements in the hope this can be done early next year. “We have kept waiting our Singaporean friends for quite some time,” David Martin, rapporteur on ASEAN trade, said during today’s trade committee meeting. The original …

Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN
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Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN

The UNCITRAL-hosted reform process of investor-state dispute settlement launched last November in Vienna is dominated by the EU, Canada and Mauritius. It is a process driven by governments and less by experts, with countries like the US and Japan finding themselves in a minority. Nikos Lavranos reports back on a …

Comment: UNCITRAL and the future of ISDS – fix it or nix it?
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Comment: UNCITRAL and the future of ISDS – fix it or nix it?

  The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law has an opportunity this week to keep pace with the other developments around the world challenging ISDS by using bold and creative thinking. Such innovation is not beyond UNCITRAL’s mandate, argues Rob Howse.   Nothing unites critics of globalization these days …