Volume 33 (2016) / Issue 4
Stephan Wilske, Chloë Edworthy, 'The Future of Intra-European Union BITs: A Recent Development in International Investment Treaty Arbitration against Romania and Its Potential Collateral Damage' (2016) 33 Journal of International Arbitration, Issue 4, pp. 331–351
The article explores the debate surrounding intra-European Union (EU) investment treaty arbitration and the intervention of the European Commission in an investment treaty arbitration against Romania. The European Commission has demonstrated great appetite to pursue its own agenda in multiple proceedings generating an outcome which, it is argued, is likely to lead to an uncertain future for foreign direct investment in Romania and several other Member States. The article warns that if the Commission is not prepared to countenance that international law obligations can prevail over EU law (at least in so far as it is interpreted by the Commission) a dangerous precedent may be set and there could be adverse consequences for the rule of law.
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