EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement: Blue Print for a Permanent Investment Dispute Resolution System?

european commissionWhile everyone is busy discussing TTIP and the pro’s and con’s of Investment Arbitration as we know it, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced on December 2, 2015 that European Union and Vietnam have concluded the negotiations of a free trade agreement: “The EU and Vietnam finalise landmark trade deal.”

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Humboldt University, Berlin: Graduate Program on International Dispute Resolution

HUB_Plakat_Titel_XSCombine an exiting city and an exiting area of law: The Law Faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers a one-year full-time graduate degree program in International Dispute Resolution (IDR), with a strong emphasis on international commercial arbitration. Professor Gerhard Wagner is the master mind behind this degree, which, as far as I can see, is unique in Germany. The program is open to law graduates from jurisdictions around the world. The language of instruction is English. The application deadline for the 2016/2017 program is March 31, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged. More information regarding the program can be found here.

Today Is Human Rights Day: Write For Rights!

write_for_rights_2015Today is Human Rights Day. On December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. amnesty international’s traditional campaign “Write for Rights” commemorates Human Rights Day.

It would be great if you could take some time to look at amnesty’s website and find out about the people and communities who urgently need your support this year – read the cases and take action now.

Art Law: French Judgment Against Expert in Max Ernst Forgery Case Set Aside

Max_Ernst_1976In May 2013, we reported that a French court, the Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre, had ordered art historian and former Centre George Pompidou director Werner Spies to pay damages in the order of EUR 650,000 to the purchaser of a painting. The Art Newspaper now reports that on appeal, the judgment has been set aside. Continue reading