Webinar: COVID-19 Response measures and the protection of foreign direct investments
28 jan 2021 15.00 uur - 18.00 uur
Prof. dr. Matteo FERMEGLIA
WEBINAR: COVID-19 RESPONSE MEASURES AND THE PROTECTION OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS
Protecting Legitimate Expectations or Cashing In On the Pandemic?
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed some fundamental vulnerabilities of our society, shaking the foundations of economic globalization and giving rise to an inward turn of global economic policies. The field of international investment law has been particularly affected by policy measures adopted as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. On one hand, governments have manifested their concern that the economic turbulence related to the pandemic might be exploited by foreign investors for the ‘predatory acquisition’ of strategic assets, introducing tighter rules for a more careful screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs). On the other hand, foreign investors negatively affected by national response measures have threatened legal challenges before arbitration tribunals, giving rise to a vivid debate on the opportunity of a moratorium on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS). Taking stock of these developments, this GPN webinar provides a timely appraisal, from a global perspective, of the emerging frictions between the defense of national security interests and the promotion of foreign investments in response to the global health crisis.
Opening remarks: Brief introduction of the topics of the webinar and introduction of the GPN by Fabio Bassan, GPN Steering Committee, University of Roma Tre
Keynote speech: Too Much or Not Enough: Can International Investment Law Provide a Framework through which States are Held Liable for Covid-19?
David Collins, City University of London
Panel 1: EU foreign investment policies in a Covid-19 world: General and sector challenges
Chair: Matteo Fermeglia, Hasselt University
The EU FDI Screening Framework in the context of the COVID-19 pandemicLeonie Reins, Tilburg University
The backlash against intra-EU ISDS and the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty in a post-Covid world
Ilaria Espa, Università della Svizzera Italiana
Panel 2: Current developments in the regulation of foreign direct investments: A global perspective
Chair: Alessandro Monti, University of Copenhagen
Work-from-Home Asian Tigers: Investment Liberalization in a Pandemic World
Soo-Hyun Lee, Lund University
The 2020 CFIUS/FIRRMA setup and its relationship with the US executive powers amidst the COVID-19 crisis
Chijioke Chijioke-Oforji, Liverpool John Moores University
Panel 3: A global moratorium on ISDS: Opportunities and challenges
Chairs: Matteo Fermeglia, Hasselt University & Alessandro Monti, University of Copenhagen
ISDS Moratorium During Covid-19 Crisis and Response
Lise Johnson, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Potential Effects and Systemic Impacts of a Global ISDS Moratorium
Kabir Duggal, Columbia Law School
Concluding remarks: Presentation of the ITLR Call for Papers by the moderators and David Collins, City University of London
(Free) registration for the Zoom webinar is required via this link.