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Friday, 04 May 2018

ELGS & University of Oslo Conference on EU's Trade and Investment Agreements

ELGS & the University of Oslo are organizing a Conference open to the public on EU's Trade and Investment Agreements: Constitutional and substantive issues on  4-5 May, 2018 at the EPLO premises in Plaka and Sounion.

  • The working language of the conference is English.
  • No transfer to/from the conference venues is provided by the organizers.
  • Participation certificates will be given at the end of each conference day.   

Please find the latest program announced which may be subject to changes:

Friday 4 May, 16.00-20.00 Venue: EPLO Athens Premises, European Public Law Organization, Poikilis and Dioskouron 2St., Athens GR-10555

Welcome and introduction16.15-16.30

Vassilis Hatzopoulos, Provost at the European Law and Governance School & Professor at Panteion University, Athens and College of Europe, Bruges

Session I: 16.30–18.00 Constitutional issues

Chair: Professor Vassilis Hatzopoulos

  • Professor TakisTridimas, King’s College, University of London

Trends in the Treaty making powers of the EU

  • Professor Inge Govaere, Ghent University and College of Europe, Bruges  

On imperfect conferral and mixity in relation to EU free trade agreements 

  • Hannes Lenk, PhD candidate University of Gothenburg

The EU principle of non-discrimination as a constitutional limit for EU investment agreements



Coffee Break


Session II: 18.30–20.00.Autonomy of the EU legal order

Chair: Professor Inge Govaere

  • Professor Panos Koutrakos, City University London

EU autonomy and international investment law

  • Cristina Contartese, Lecturer PhD, European Law & Governance School, Athens

Intra-EU BITs and their compatibility with EU law

  • Professor Mads Andenæs, University of Oslo            

BITs between EU Members States after the judgment in Achmea – a comment on C.Contartese  



Saturday 5 May, 10.00-13.00, Venue: 64th km Athens-Sounion Avenue GR 19500

Session III: Substantive issues

Single session – round table 

Chair and discussant: Professor Christophe Hillion, University of Oslo and Leiden University

  • Anastasios Gourgourinis, Lecturer PhD, Athens Public International Law Research Center

The Right to Regulate in EU Ιnvestment Treaties

  • Professor Fabienne Peraldi Leneuf, University of Paris I

Mutual recognition of technical standards in European FTAs          

  • Kornilia Pipidi-Kalogirou, PhD student, Speyer University, Germany

Regulatory cooperation in the new EU FTAs and the quest of legitimacy

  • Professor Ivar Alvik, University of Oslo         

The problem of foreign privilege       

  • Professor TarjeiBekkedal, University of Oslo

Investment protection and equality before the law   

  • Luca Pantaleo, Lecturer PhD De HaagseHogeschool

Dispute settlement in EU investment Treaties

  • Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi, Postdoctoral Researcher PhD, PluriCourts, University of Oslo

Should the Proposal for a Multilateral Investment Court co-opt national courts?