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On September 22, 2105, Professor Bruno Simma, University of Munich and University of Michigan, will deliver the 3rd Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Lecture, organized by the German Institution of Arbitration (Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, DIS) and named after its Honorary Chairman, Professor Böckstiegel. The first lectures had been held in Bergisch-Gladbach, but this year, the date and location have been chosen to link into the DIS Autumn Meeting the following day in Berlin. The Autumn Meeting discusses Power Imbalances in International Arbitration.
The photo shows the venue of the lecture, the Orangery of Schloss Charlottenburg. Copyright Frank Schwichtenberg via Wikipedia.
The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) has been established in Brussels as a think tank aiming, in its own words, at the promotion of “knowledge about all aspects of EU and international investment law, including arbitration, at the European level. EFILA endeavours to facilitate a meaningful exchange of views on relevant and timely issues vital to the development of the European internal market, in order to contribute to a more favourable investment climate in Europe and beyond.” EFILA is holding its inaugural conference in London on January 23, 2015. Here is a link to the programme.
We have covered these proceedings between the Slovak Republic and Eureko, a Dutch health insurance provider before. At the heart of the matter is the issue whether European law rendered arbitration clauses in intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs), that is, in BITs between EU member states, inapplicable. To the best of my knowledge these are the first court proceedings addressing the issue: In May 2012, the Frankfurt Court of Appeals upheld an arbitral award that ruled on jurisdiction and arbitrability and held that the tribunal had authority to hear damages claims by Eureko against the Slovak Republic under the Netherlands/Czechoslovakia BIT of 1991. Continue reading