International Arbitration and EU Law
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International Arbitration and EU Law

Edited by José R. Mata Dona and Nikos Lavranos

This book examines the intersection of EU law and international arbitration based on the experience of leading practitioners in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration law. It expertly illustrates the depth and breadth of EU law’s impact on party autonomy and on the margin of appreciation available to arbitral tribunals.
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George A. Bermann


This chapter provides a tour d’horizon of the development of the EU’s investment policy and is intended as an introduction for the subsequent chapters. The first part tracks the scope of the EU’s competence regarding foreign direct investments and the investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) system as it has been developed in particular by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). The second part analyses the tension of investment law and EU law regarding the intra-EU BITs and the Achmea judgment of the CJEU. The question is then discussed whether, and if so, to what extent the internal market provisions of the EU Treaties already provide a sufficient level of investment protection. The third main part focuses on the EU’s recent external investment policy as illustrated by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada as well as the EU’s ISDS reform efforts within UNCITRAL Working Group III.

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