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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.

ALENA 2.0 : les cycles de négociation entre le Canada, les États-Unis et le Mexique se poursuivront lors du premier trimestre 2018

Les trois parties à l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALENA) ont tenu leurs troisième, quatrième et cinquième cycles de renégociation (Ottawa, 23-27 septembre 23–27 ; Arlington, 11-17 octobre 11–17 ; et Mexico, 17-21 novembre). Le prochain cycle de renégociation de l’ALENA se tiendra du 23 au 28 janvier 2018 à Montréal.

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 […]

ITN  |  février 29, 2016

Standing tribunal included in European Union–Vietnam FTA 

On December 2, 2015, the European Union and Vietnam signed a free trade agreement (FTA), closing three years of negotiations. The text, made public on February 1, 2016, includes the more traditional trade issues, including SPS and TBT, and trade facilitation, but also extends to other issues such as government procurement, competition policy, intellectual property, […]

ITN  |  février 29, 2016

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

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. The DRB […]

ITN  |  février 29, 2016

Commission attempts to reopen CETA negotiations with Canada to revisit ISDS

EU officials are said to have requested the new Canadian federal government to revisit the ISDS clause in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), according to reports by CBC News on January 21, 2016. CETA negotiations were announced as concluded in August 2014. The CETA provides for a more traditional-style ISDS mechanism, which is not in line with […]

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.