201723.03
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Dutch Advisory Council publishes its report on Brexit negotiations

The Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken) has just published (only in Dutch) a report on the Brexit negotiations. The report focuses mainly on the consequences of Brexit for the Netherlands and the best negotiation strategy for the Netherlands. The report is extensive and contains some interesting points, which should be of interest…

201723.03
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Report on the OECD meeting: In search of a “better” globalization

As indicated in an early post, a summary report of the OECD meeting held two weeks ago has been published on the EFILA blog. At the OECD, Global Forum on International Investment (6 March) more than hundred stakeholders from businesses, trade unions, academics and OECD member states gathered together for a one-day meeting considering ways…

201722.03
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The Hypocrisy of Anti-ISDS Groups – Part 2

I have written a new blogpost focusing on an interesting dispute between two NGOs. This dispute using the Swiss NCP within the context of the OECD Guidelines illustrates that the NGOs wish to have other standards applied to them than for foreign investors. It is another illustration of the dubious hypocritical position of the anti-ISDS/anti-trade…

201717.03
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Announcement: Cooperation with Jose Rafael Mata Dona

I am pleased to annonce a cooperation with arbitrator and lawyer Jose Rafael Mata Dona, based in Brussels. Jose Rafael Mata Dona is a young but experienced arbitrator and lawyer who supplements and expands my own arbitration and litigation services. In particular, he can cover Spanish, French and Czech clients. In addition, he is also…

201715.03
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EFILA publishes its submission for the public consultation on the “reform” of the investment dispute resolution system

EFILA just submitted to the European Commission its position paper regarding the public consultation organized by the European Commission on what it calls “a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution”. Similar to the previous public consultation on the ISDS in TTIP, the EC has organized this public consultation to obtain the views of stakeholders. Yet again,…

201712.03
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This week’s round up from Paris and Geneva

Last Monday (6 March) the OECD Global Forum on International Investment took place in Paris. The focus of the meeting was to develop a new, positive narrative regarding the benefits of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), investment treaties and arbitration. The key buzzwords were: substainable, inclusive, good investments, which benefit everybody. While it is to be applauded that…

201708.03
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Appointment as Guest Professor International Investment Law

In recognition of my academic and practice experience, I have been appointed as Guest Professor International Investment Law at the Free University of Brussels, more specifically, the Brussels Diplomatic Academy. This is a great opportunity to transfer my knowledge and expertise in investment law to future diplomats, civil servants, policy makers, lawyers and academics coming from…

201701.03
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The proposal for a multilateral investment court: a work in progress

In my recently published comment in Borderlex, I assess the current situation regarding the proposal of the European Commission for a a multilateral investment court (MIC). This assessment is based on the stakeholder meeting, which took place on 27 Feb in Brussels. My conclusion is that lot’s of important issues remain unclear, for example, about…