Steffen Hindelang, Jurgita Baur: Stocktaking of investment protection provisions in EU agreements and Member States’ bilateral investment treaties and their impact on the coherence of EU policy. Europäisches Parlament Study, 2019, ISBN: 978-92-846-4707-1.

Abstract

This short paper provides a general overview of existing investment protection provisions in selected EU agreements with third countries. It assesses to what extent there is coherence between the different regimes and, as a consequence of the CJEU’s Opinion 2/15, how the splitting between FTAs and investment protection agreements impacts policy coherence. It also looks at selected existing bilateral investment treaties of EU Member States and assesses them from the point of view of consistency with EU policy and highlights certain challenges for the EU linked with the existence of the different investment protection provisions as of today.


Steffen Hindelang, Nikolas Eisentraut: Rüstungsbeschaffung zwischen Bestimmungsfreiheit des Auftraggebers und Sicherstellung von Wettbewerb (Defence Procurement between the Purchaser’s Freedom of Determination and the Legislative Aim of Ensuring Competition). In: Zeitschrift für Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht, pp. 149-154, 2019.

Abstract

Der Beschaffungsmarkt für Rüstungsgüter spielt in der Europäischen Union eine ökonomisch bedeutsame Rolle. In den kommenden Jahren wird diese noch zunehmen. Haushaltspolitisch und wettbewerbsrechtlich werden die mitgliedstaatlichen Rüstungsbeschaffungen dabei immer stärker in das Regime des Kartellvergaberechts eingebunden. Nach anfänglichen Diskussionen um die Reichweite spezifischer Bereichsausnahmen sind nunmehr auch aus dem allgemeinen Kartellvergaberecht bekannte Probleme Gegenstand gerichtlicher Auseinandersetzungen. Der Konkretisierung der Reichweite der Bestimmungsfreiheit des Auftraggebers kommt dabei auch im Bereich der Rüstungsbeschaffung eine zentrale Bedeutung zu. Die Richtlinie 2014/24/EU weist dafür den Weg in einen verschärften Wettbewerb.

The defence procurement market plays an economically significant role in the European Union. This will increase even more in the coming years. EU Member States’ purchases in the defence area are increasingly governed by public procurement law. After initial discussions about the scope of exemptions, problems known from general procurement law are more and more subject to legal disputes today. The specification of the scope of the purchaser’s freedom of determination is also of central importance in the area of defence procurement. Directive 2014/24 /EU paves the way for increased competition.


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On 6 June 2018, at the invitation of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy of the German Bundestag, Steffen Hindelang testified on the planned establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court.

In his written statement, he came to the conclusion that the establishment of a “Multilateral Investment Court” (“MIC”) can make a key contribution to strengthening the legitimacy and integrity of international investor-state dispute resolution. A prerequisite for such a contribution would be, among other things, that the members (judges) of a MIC are not allowed to exercise ancillary offices in the field of international investment law and that functioning domestic courts are approached first by a foreign investor. A MIC would provide subsidiary protection only; a model tried and tested with regard to the European Court of Human Rights,.

The written statement (in German language) in full length:

 

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Video of the testimonies in the German Bundestag

Further Information

Press release of the German Bundestag



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Steffen Hindelang, Teoman Hagemeyer: Enemy at the Gates? Die aktuellen Änderungen der Investitionsprüfvorschriften in der Außenwirtschaftsverordnung im Lichte des Unionsrechts. In: Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht, pp. 882-890, 2017.

Abstract

Der vorliegende Beitrag stellt die mitgliedstaatlichen und europäischen Initiativen im Bereich der Kontrolle und Beschränkung ausländischer Investitionen kurz vor und prüft den jüngsten Vorstoß der Bundesrepublik im Rahmen der Novelle der Außenwirtschaftsverordnung (AWV) an den Grundfreiheiten. Daraus lassen sich auch Rückschlüsse auf den anderen Mitgliedstaaten verbleibenden Regelungsspielraum ziehen.

This paper gives an introduction into the initiatives of the European Union and its Member States on foreign (direct) investment screening. It goes on to measure the latest reform of the German investment screening mechanism against the fundamental freedoms, also revealing the remaining regulatory space for other Member States in that area.


Steffen Hindelang, Teoman Hagemeyer: In Pursuit of an International Investment Court. Recently Negotiated Investment Chapters in EU Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements in Comparative Perspective. Europäisches Parlament 2017, ISBN: 978-92-846-1267-3.

Abstract

The study compares the revised and signed text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EUVFTA) and the EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) in respect of important procedural aspects relating to investor State dispute settlement. The findings are juxtaposed to the procedural rules governing the preliminary reference procedure and direct action (action for annulment) before the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as the individual application before the European Court of Human Rights. In doing so, it provides a tool and manual to evaluate the EU’s todays and future progress in reforming the international investment law regime. By outlining key features of the procedural frameworks governing two international courts, some ‘tried and tested’ concepts as source of inspiration for the possible design of a ‘multilateral investment court’ might be found.



Steffen Hindelang, Stephan Wernicke: Editorial: Realpolitik statt Pseudo-Revolution: Aktuelle Reformvorschläge im Investitionsschutzrecht. In: Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht, pp. 809-848, 2015.

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Steffen Hindelang, Hannes Köhler: Europarechtliche Determinanten des deutschen Steuerrechts. In: Matsumoto, Kazuhiko (Ed.): Herausforderungen der Öffentlichen Rechtswissenschaft in Japan und Deutschland, pp. 239-260, Nippon-Hyoron sha, 2013.

Abstract

Zugleich: Europarechtliche Determinanten des deutschen Steuerrechts (zusammen mit Hannes Köhler), WHI-Paper 06/2013