Round-up of my activities in March

March has been another very active month. At the beginning of March I participated in the UNCITRAL WG III reform of ISDS negotiations as Observer for EFILA. I was quoted for a piece in GAR regarding Brexit and investment protection, click here for the article. My edited book on International Arbitration and EU law is…


Round up of activities in January and February

Despite or because of the covid 19 pandemic, I have been very busy in the past two months. In January I kicked off with the EFILA Annual Conference, which was spread over two afternoons with stellar panels and Gary Born as a keynote speaker. Due to the fact that it was held online, we attracted…


Outlook 2021

2020 ended with the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and the EU-China investment treaty. This means a lot of new work for advising on the impact of post-Brexit trade and investment relations, in particular regarding optimal asset protection. Surely, the EU-China investment treaty will raise numerous issues that need to be analyzed. Also, at…


Round up of activities in October

October has been an unusually busy month as the following round up illustrates. In early October, I participated online in the UNCITRAL WG III on ISDS reforms meeting, which were held in Vienna. Click here to read my blogpost on the outcome of the meeting as published in Borderlex. As Guest Professor, I finished teaching…


Round-up of recent activities

Despite the Covid 19 situation and the summer break, lot’s of new activities took place and new initatives have been launched. First in-person hearing at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) In September I attended as part of the NautaDutilh legal team, the first  in-person arbitration hearing at the PCA. This arbitration relates to an…


Termination Agreement and other new developments

23 Member States signed the termination agreement that terminates their intra-EU BITs On 5 May 2020, 23 Member States signed the termination agreement that terminates their intra-EU BITs.                                         Obviously, this will not be helpful in…


Activities in corona times

Despite the huge impact of the corona crisis, fortunately work has continued at a relatively high level. First and foremost, I am pleased that my article on The changing ecosystem of Dutch BITs has just been published in Arbitration International, arguably one of the best arbitration law reviews. Second, my chapter on The ICS and…


Activities in Q1 2020

The fate of intra-EU BITs and the new MIC On 30th January 2020 the 5th EFILA Annual Conference took place in London. 150 participants listened to keynote speaker Meg Kennear (SG of ICSID) and discussed alternatives to the intra-EU BITs, which are about to be terminated. The next day, I gave a guest lecture at…


End of Year Review: Entering the Dark Ages of Protectionism

This is the time when we look back and review this year. Despite all the lights and festive atmosphere surrounding Christmas Eve, there is only one conclusion: 2019 marks the entering of the Dark Ages of Protectoinism. Already in November 2016 I had entitled my guest lecture at Innsbruck University “The CETA drama: Entering the…


round-up of Q3 2019 & update


The past months and weeks have been extra-ordinarily busy. This is a short summary of the past activities and outlook to some upcoming events. In September & October I taught again my course “International Investment Law” at the Free University Brussels – Brussels Diplomatic Academy, with many very enthusiastic students. At the beginning of October…


update & round-up Q2 2019

Q2 of 2019 has been busy again and lots of developments have happened. I have commented on the long-awaited Opinion 1/17 of the Court of Justice of the EU in which it approved the CETA-style Investment Court System (ICS). Here is my blogpost for the Practical Arbitration blog and an earlier version in Borderlex. The…


Round up of Q1 2019 activities

The first quarter of 2019 has been very busy indeed. Here are some highlights. On 31 January EFILA hosted its 4th Annual Conference in London. More than 100 participants attended the conference. The keynote speaker was Colin Brown of DG Trade focusing on the Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). As Secretary General of EFILA I am…