Round up of Q2 2022: EFILA, ECT and CETA

Q2 2022 has been another particularly busy period. Here is an update on some of the highlights! On 9 June 2022, the 7th EFILA Annual Conference took place at the NautaDutilh offices in Amsterdam. More than 100 attendees attended the conference, the keynote was delivered by Prof. Anne van Aaken, which can be viewed here….


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…


Sir Judge Christopher Greenwood delivered 3rd EFILA Annual Lecture


On 12 October 2017, ICJ Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood delivered the 3rd EFILA Annual Lecture in Brussels. The title of his Lecture was “MFN clauses – their real purpose and real effect”. As in previous years, the Lecture took place at the Press Club in Brussels. His excellent Lecture can be viewed at the YouTube…


EFILA Investment Treaty Arbitration ACADEMY launched!

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From 17-22 July 2017, the EFILA Investment Treaty Arbitration Academy will take place in Rotterdam. This Academy is specifically dedicated to provide an in-depth knowledege – both theoretical and practical – regarding all relevant aspects of investment treaty arbitration. We have assigned well-known and experienced experts as lecturers and it is my pleasure to be…


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…


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,…


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…


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…