International Finance

The European Commission’s Proposal of an “Investment Court System” for TTIP: Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block for Multilateralizing International Investment Law?

On November 12, 2015, the European Commission submitted to the United States its Official Proposal for the establishment of an “investment court system” in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation.[1] The Proposal provides for a two-tiered Tribunal to hear investor-state disputes, consisting of a Tribunal of First Instance and an Appeal Tribunal. For TTIP, the Tribunal is composed of twenty-one members, who are appointed by the European Union and the U.S.

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20
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9
Author: 
Stephan W. Schill
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Argentina Reaches Deal with American Hedge Funds (February 29, 2016)

Author: 
Catherina Valenzuela-Bock

On February 29, 2016, Argentina reached an agreement with several U.S.

Barclays Pays $2.5m for Apparent U.S. Sanctions Violations (February 10, 2016)

Author: 
Catherina Valenzuela-Bock

On February 10, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) reached a settlement with Barclays Bank for apparent violations of the Zimbabwe sanctions regulations.

2015: The Year of Reorienting International Investment Law

In the Chinese calendar, 2015 was the year of the sheep: a follower rather than a leader. Yet for international investment law, 2015 was a year of transformation, signaling a possible reorientation along a new path. This Insight reflects on some of the key moments reflecting such a transformation or reorientation in treaty law and practice: the draft model bilateral investment treaties of India and Norway, the public release of the agreed text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the European Commission’s proposal for a new investment court.

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20
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3
Author: 
Barnali Choudhury
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Negotiating Parties Reach Agreement on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (October 5, 2015)

Author: 
Catherina Valenzuela-Bock

On October 5, 2015, The United States and eleven other Pacific Rim nations finalized their negotiations and agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional trade agreement combining forty

First Islamic Investment Bank Loses Annulment Application Despite Breach of Defense Rights (September 22, 2015)

Author: 
Catherina Valenzuela-Bock

On September 22, 2015, the General Court of the European Union (Court)

U.S. District Court Overrules Lower Court’s Expansion of Class in Argentina’s Sovereign Debt Default Case (September 16, 2015)

Author: 
Catherina Valenzuela-Bock

On September 16, 2015, the U.S.

The Court of Justice of the European Union Issues Ruling Concerning Penalties in VAT Fraud Cases (September 8, 2015)

Author: 
Catherina Valenzuela-Bock

On September 8, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court) issued its