ISDS: can the EU’s international investment court revolution succeed?

The EU is trying to revolutionise the international investment protection order with its new proposal to establish an international investment court – ICS – to adjudicate conflicts between international investors and host states. Starting a revolution is no small feat, and needs a lot of strategising, organising, and a competent, agile, avantgarde. Whereas the …

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN

Commission publishes report on GSP Plus countries’ compliance with sustainability rules

The Commission has published a report on the fourteen countries GSP Plus for their compliance with the international conventions on human and labour rights and environment. Compliance is a a prerequisite to benefit from greater trade preferences under the EU’s General System of Preferences for developing countries.   “Six countries …

Agriculture United States & TTIP

Agriculture: EU top aim is recognition all EU member’s sanitary standards abroad, Malmström says

In a speech on agriculture and EU trade policy on 26 January, Cecilia Malmstöm said that one of the key priorities for the EU Commission to have its 28 national sanitary inspection regimes equally in international trade agreements. Though the EU has identical standards across the EU, inspections are undertaken …