Public Debate: Does the EU’s “Investment Court System” put an end to ISDS?

    Thursday 12 November 2015
    Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95 – 1040 Brussels

    Following her work investigating the World Bank's Investor-State Dispute Settlement courts with Matt Kennard, as published in the Guardian earlier this year, CIJ Bertha Fellow Claire Provost is set to moderate a public debate in Brussels next week. The debate, organised by the Seattle to Brussels Network, will examine the 'Investment Court System' mechanisms proposed during ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal.

    According to the European Commission, the proposal addresses the system's current loopholes. In particular, it insists that the system will be based on principles of fairness and impartiality, with independent judges to rule on the cases and provisions to guarantee the right of governments to regulate in the public interest.

    Speakers at the debate will include Professor Gus Van Harten, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada, and Rupert Schlegelmilch, of the European Commission's Directorate General for Trade.

    For further information and to register to attend, please visit the event webpage.