On 12 June 2015, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) organized a meeting on ‘Europe as an Investment Treaty Actor’ in Stockholm, in cooperation with the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Mannheimer Swartling and Uppsala University.
This meeting brought together speakers from government, business, academia and civil society to examine the European Union as an investment treaty actor. It included a keynote dialogue among members of the Swedish and European Parliament which discussed the political context, as well as panels looking at the role of the European Commission in shaping the EU’s investment treaties and the substance of the deals which Europe is negotiating. Freya Baetens was a speaker on the latter panel, putting forward a proposal for a European Most-Favoured-Nation Clause.
Among the central questions raised by this meeting was whether the investment chapters in Europe’s treaties with Canada, Singapore and the United States (TTIP) are likely to be good for European economic growth or whether they are more likely to expose Europe and its Member States to a future of litigation from foreign investors.
For more information see: http://www.biicl.org/event/1109