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Autonomy of EU Law – Academic Conference Presentations and Chairmanships

Public Defence of Ph.D. Thesis of Dr Hannes Lenk at Gothenburg University

On 20th September, Hannes Lenk successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “The EU investment court system. A viable reform initiative?”. I had the pleasure of serving as “opponent” in the public defence at the School of Business, Economics and Law (Handelshögskolan), Department of Law (Juridiska institutionen) of the University of Gothenburg. The examination committee consisted…

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Presentation on “Autonomy of EU law: A Catalyzer of Dialogue in International Economic Relations?” at King’s College London

The “III LAwTTIP Joint Conference” on “EU Law, Trade Agreements, and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: Contemporary Challenges” focused on the dialogue among international and regional institutions as a tool to overcome fragmentation and implement the rule of law in the international economic relations of the EU. Its ultimate aim is to stimulate a debate between speakers…

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Keynote at the International Seminar “Administrative Judicial Review and Administrative Arbitration Decisions in Foreign Investment Disputes at the University Coimbra / Portugal

Programme Programme Coimbra International Seminar Further Information Study for the European Parliament on The Investment Chapters of the EU’s International Trade and Investment Agreements in a Comparative Perspective By AD | 21. November 2015 In Pursuit of an International Investment Court. Recently Negotiated Investment Chapters in EU Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements in Comparative Perspective By…

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Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw: “International Law and the European Union in the Constitution”


Presenting at the Conference “International Law and the European Union in the Constitution”, organised by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, held 23 – 24 October 2018,  on “Protecting European Investors Abroad – Lessons from the CJEU’s Recent Ruling in ‘Achmea’”.

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Europe’s effort and Japan’s emerging role in reforming international investment law – Talk at Nagoya University Satellite Office Tokyo

Hosted and chaired by Professor Tomoko Ishikawa of Nagoya University, Dr Lars Markert, incoming partner at Nishimura & Asahi Tokyo, and Professor Steffen Hindelang of the University of Southern Denmark discussed with participants from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice of Japan, as well as with representatives from private legal practice and from the…

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Predators in the pond of jurisdiction? The EU constitutional restraints on investor-State dispute settlement provisions in European comprehensive free trade agreements.

Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS), once developed as ‘last straw’ for foreign investors to gain access to justice in the forgotten corners of this world, grew out of its niche existence – for the better or the worse. In a remarkable metamorphosis ISDS made its way not only into trade agreements among what was once called…

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