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Le Comité économique et social européen recommande d’améliorer et de clarifier les discussions relatives au TMI

Le Comité économique et social européen (CESE) a donné son avis sur la recommandation de la Commission européenne au Conseil européen de lancer les négociations portant sur la proposition de cour multilatérale d’investissement, appuyant les discussions relatives à la réforme du RDIE, tout en faisant état des domaines d’amélioration.

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 ?

Le Conseil de l’Europe adopte des directives en matière de négociations : la Commission européenne est chargée de négocier une convention instituant un tribunal multilatéral des investissements

Le 20 mars 2018, le Conseil de l’Union européenne a adopté des directives de négociation autorisant la Commission européenne à négocier une convention instituant un tribunal multilatéral chargé du règlement des différends en matière d’investissements.

European Union and Canada co-host discussions on a multilateral investment court

On December 13 and 14, 2016, the European Commission and the Canadian Government co-hosted exploratory discussions on establishing a multilateral investment court. Government representatives from several countries attended the closed-door meeting in Geneva. Upon concluding CETA, the two hosts had vowed to “work expeditiously” to create a permanent investment court, building on the ICS mechanism included in the agreement. The goal of […]

Following criticisms of CETA, academics propose reforms in EU trade and investment policy and negotiations

On December 5, 2016, the Belgian region of Wallonia published the Namur Declaration, proposing to change EU trade policy and negotiations. The document was initially signed by 40 academics from several countries, including Paul Magnette, Minister-President of Wallonia. The region made the news in October 2016, when its parliament temporarily blocked the approval of CETA by the Belgian […]

News in Brief

(English) Brexit and contentious topics complicate TTIP negotiations; public opposition continues

EU negotiation agenda to continue despite Brexit; MERCOSUR and Indonesia at sight

United Kingdom makes trade and investment negotiation moves for post-Brexit era

CETA to be concluded as a mixed agreement; commission hopes for signing in october

RCEP partners conclude 13th negotiating round in auckland; three further rounds in 2016

India takes steps to reform its investment policy framework after approving new model bit

Is ISDS in EU Trade Agreements Legal under EU Law?

Legality of investor–state dispute settlement (including in the form of an Investment Court System) in EU trade agreements under EU law is a contentious issue. This article details four legal objections raised by academics and legal experts, and discusses the potential for a legal challenge of ISDS under EU law.

Germany’s judges and public prosecutors reject proposed investment court system in TTIP

(English) In a statement issued in early February 2016, the German Association of Judges (known by its German acronym, DRB) firmly rejected the proposal published by the European Commission on September 16, 2015 to establish an Investment Court System (ICS) under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States.

Working by Design: New Ideas to Empower U.S. and European Workers in TTIP

(English) This paper provides an overview of how the European Union and the United States promote labour rights in trade and investment agreements. It then warns that language in the investment and regulatory coherence chapters may contradict the language in the labour rights chapters. Finally, the paper suggests ways that TTIP can be redesigned to benefit workers and promote employment, based on interviews with 23 eminent scholars as well as original ideas from the author.