Trade and Investment

European Union Member States Sign Treaty to Terminate Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties

On May 5, 2020, the European Commission (Commission) announced that 23 of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) signed the Agreement for the Termination of Bilateral Investment Treaties [("BITs")] between the Member States of the European Union (the Treaty).[1] If the

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24
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18
Author: 
John I. Blanck
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U.S. Secretary of State Declares Hong Kong No Longer Autonomous from China

Author: 
Justine N. Stefanelli

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, declared to Congress that the State Department no longer considers that Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous from China.

Investment Facilitation Mechanisms and Access to Justice in Brazilian Investment Agreements

Since 2015, Brazil has concluded more than a dozen Cooperation and Facilitation Investment Agreements (CFIAs), in a radical departure from Brazil's earlier policy to remain out of the network of investment treaties.[1] These CFIAs include a novel system, encompassing mechanisms for preventing and settling disputes, which differs strikingly from traditional investor-state arbitration available under most bilateral investment treaties.

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24
Issue: 
9
Author: 
Sufyan Droubi
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Can Trade Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Enhance State Compliance with International Health Regulations? Insights from MARPOL 73/78

Preventing or managing a global pandemic such as COVID-19 requires states to strictly comply with the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations 2005 (IHRs). However, like many multilateral environment agreements, the IHRs lack a strong dispute resolution mechanism to enhance state compliance. To bridge that gap, states have incorporated several environmental conventions into free trade agreements (FTAs) over the past fifteen years.

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24
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8
Author: 
Jie (Jeanne) Huang
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ICSID Finds No Breach of BIT in Case Brought by Egyptian Telecom Company

Author: 
Emma Schoenberger
 

ICSID Rejects Respondents’ Preliminary Objections in DR-CAFTA Case

Author: 
Emma Schoenberger

Trump Signs Executive Order on Online Sales of Counterfeit Goods

Author: 
Justine N. Stefanelli

On Friday, January 31, 2020, President Trump signed an