TBI de l’UE

Achmea: le début de la fin du RDIE en et avec l’Europe ?

Les traités et chapitres d’investissement actuels et futurs impliquant les États membres de l’Union européenne ou l’Union elle-même pourraient être profondément affectés par une décision capitale de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne (CJUE). Dans cet article, l’auteur examine la décision du point de vue de la constitution de l’Union européenne et analyse ses éventuelles conséquences. La décision relative à Achmea a-t-elle surpris les experts du droit de l’Union européenne ?

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Mappinginvestmenttreaties.com : à la découverte les secrets de l’univers des traités d’investissement

Saviez-vous que le réseau de traités du Royaume-Uni est deux fois plus dense que celui de l’Égypte ou du Pakistan ? Aviez-vous remarqué qu’Israël avait copié les traités britanniques pour concevoir son propre programme de TBI, ou que 81 % du chapitre sur l’investissement du Partenariat transpacifique (PTP) était similaire au chapitre sur l’investissement de l’Accord de libre-échange (ALE) États-Unis-Colombie, conclu dix ans plus tôt, en 2006 ? Voilà un bref aperçu des surprises de l’univers des AII que nous avons découvertes dans le cadre de notre projet mappinginvestmenttreaties.com. Dans ce projet, nous traitons les textes des traités d’investissement comme des données suivant une méthode similaire à celle des logiciels de détection du plagiat.

ITN  |  janvier 14, 2013

News in Brief

Canada receives investor complaints over provincial energy and environment policies In recent months the government of Canada has received two complaints related to energy and environmental policies adopted by its provinces. Both investors have served Ottawa with notices of intent to submit a claim to arbitration under NAFTA’s investment chapter. A Delaware-based energy firm is […]

Analysis of the European Commission’s Draft Text on Investor-State Dispute Settlement for EU Agreements

With the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, in force since December 2009, foreign direct investment fell under the exclusive competence of the European Union (EU). Since then the three European institutions—the European Commission, the European Council of Ministers and the European Parliament—have been engaged in a vigorous debate over a new legal framework and negotiating positions […]

ITN  |  juillet 1, 2011

While the EU member states insist on the status quo, the European Parliament calls for a reformed European investment policy

The Lisbon Treaty, in force since 1 December 2009, added Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the exclusive common commercial policy of the European Union, without foreseeing any transition measures. Today the European institutions  are still wrangling over the scope and content of the new EU policy and the status of the more than 1200 existing […]

ITN  |  décembre 16, 2010

News in Brief

European Union institutions consider the EU’s future international investment policy Debate on the future of the European Union’s international investment policy is heating up as EU institutions weigh in with their recommendations. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the EU received exclusive competence over foreign direct investment, which […]

ITN  |  décembre 16, 2010

Awards and decisions

Georgia loses dispute with Greek and Israeli oil investors Ioannis Kardassopoulos and Ron Fuchs v. The Republic of Georgia (ICSID Case Nos. ARB/05/18 and ARB/07/15) Martin D. Brauch Two oil traders have been awarded more than US$45 million each in damages from the Republic of Georgia in an ICSID award that advances a broad interpretation […]

ITN  |  septembre 23, 2010

Bilateral Investment Treaties and Preferential Trade Agreements: Is a BIT really better than a lot?

With the often costly and far-reaching implications when investors use Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) to adjudicate claims against developing countries, governments in the developing world need powerful arguments to justify that these treaties are in their national interest. One notable contribution to this debate has recently been put forth by political scientists Jennifer Tobin and Mark Busch, who set out to investigate the link between BITs and preferential trade agreements (PTAs). Using statistical techniques, they analyse annual data on pairs of developing and developed countries between 1960 and 2004 and conclude that BITs « raise the prospects of getting a North-South PTA with all the deeper and reciprocal obligations that these entail. »

The EU’s international investment policy: Hardware without the software

Ramon Torrent The Lisbon Treaty broadens European commercial policy in what marks the latest milestone in a long (and unfinished) journey in which the EC/EU has sought to extend its exclusive competence over the entire area of external economic relations. Towards this goal, the European Commission has always led the course, albeit with limited success. […]

Reclaiming the public interest in Europe’s international investment policy: Will the future EU BITs be any better than the 1200 existing BITs of EU member states?

The Lisbon Treaty has shifted the competence related to Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from the European Union Member States to the Union and has added it to the Union’s exclusive common commercial policy. This transfer of competence not only requires the development of a common EU investment policy, but also legislative steps to clarify the status of the 1200 existing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) of the EU Member States and their ongoing BIT negotiations. This offers a unique opportunity for an assessment of the existing BITs and for an open and broad discussion on the future European international investment policy.

Towards a comprehensive European international investment policy: An interview with Tomas Baert, European Commission, Directorate General for Trade, Services and Investment

With the EU’s Lisbon Treaty granting the European Union competence over Foreign Direct Investment, the European Commission released two documents in July that help chart the way forward: a draft regulation on how to deal with existing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) of the EU Member States over the next five years, and a Communication that […]

ITN  |  septembre 28, 2009

Advocate General renders opinion on Finland’s investment treaties with non-EU countries; Sweden begins compliance with earlier ECJ decision

  By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 October 2009 Correction: The original version of this article indicated that the ECJ had rendered a decision in the case Finland. In fact, an Advocate General has issued an opinion, which is not binding on the Court. The article has been revised accordingly.   An Advocate General of the European […]

ITN  |  février 10, 2009

EU Member States reject the call to terminate intra-EU bilateral investment treaties

By Damon Vis-Dunbar 10 February 2009 The majority of European Union Member States want to maintain the network of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that exist between themselves, despite concerns by the European Commission that these treaties have been superseded by European Community law, according to a memo by the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee (EFC). […]