Who’s Afraid of Investor-State Dispute Settlement?

Unpacking myths and realities from the FTAs with the US, with China, the emerging Trans Pacific Partnership …..and a future prospective agreement with the EU …..

The EU Centre for Global Affairs, in association with Minter Ellison, is hosting a luncheon discussion to explore the various options for handling Investor-State disputes in the global commercial and trade arena. In 2011 Phillip Morris Asia initiated the first ever Investor-State dispute against Australia. Against that background, a panel of expert speakers will debate the implications for Australia of emerging global trends in trade and investment governance.

Please contact Eloise Leaver at if you are interested in attending.

John Garnaut, Asia Pacific Editor, Sydney Morning Herald

Expert Speakers:
Professor Julien Chaisse, Chinese University of Hong Kong: “Update on EU Perspectives on Investor/State Dispute Settlement, including in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the USA and the EU.”
Professor Bryan Mercurio, Chinese University of Hong Kong: “Potential implications of TPP and TTIP outcomes for future Australia/EU trade and investment relations.” (tbc)

Ivano Casella, Trade and Economic Section, European Commission Delegation to Australia, Canberra
Senior Representative (tbc), Department of Foreign affairs and Trade, Canberra

Professor Julien Chaisse is a specialist in international economic law with particular expertise in the regulation and economics of foreign investment. His research covers other relevant fields, such as WTO law, international taxation and the law of natural resources. Before joining the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Law Faculty in 2009, Prof. Chaisse served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and started his academic career in Europe. Prof. Chaisse has been frequently being invited as a guest lecturer to many prestigious academies and universities around the world, including the Academy of International Investment and Trade Law, Columbia University, Brown University and Boston University, Passau University and Melbourne University, where he is a Senior Fellow in the Law School. Prof. Chaisse received the CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2012 and appointed Director of the CUHK Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development in 2013.

Professor Bryan Mercurio is the Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at CUHK. Previously Prof. Mercurio was a tenured faculty member at the University of New South Wales and Director of the International Trade and Development Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law. He has also worked both in government and in private practice and has advised law firms, international organizations, NGOs and several governments on a wide range of international trade and investment matters.

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