Lunch seminar with Federica Cristani

Designing a multi-actor governance system for investment protection in the Visegrád - Four (V4) countries withi(in) Europe 

The proposed research project investigates whether – and to what extent – a multi-actor governance system for investment protection can be designed in the sub-regional context of the Visegrád Four (V4) countries (Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic) with(in) the European Union (EU) legal framework.

As framed by Brunnée and Toope, ‘law is not a product that is manufactured in centralised hierarchical systems […]. Citizens […] states and other actors at the international level are not consumers; they are active agents in the continuing enterprise of lawmaking’ [Jutta Brunnée and Stephen J Toope, Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 55]. This is also true when it comes to identify the different (non-state) actors involved in the international investment protection.

We can thus talk about a multi-actor setting, where each actor contributes in the investment protection regime in a different way. Such governance system is operating at the international but also at the regional level.

And what about the sub-regional context? This research claims that the sub-regional context can indeed be the privileged space to frame a multi-actor governance of investment protection in an efficient and functional way; and in the framework of the EU, the V4 countries represents the most interesting case.

During my research stay at iCourts, I am investigating in particular in the role of international investment arbitrators, the EU Court of Justice and national courts within the multi-actor governance system of investment protection at the EU level and in the V4 countries.

All interested are welcome to attend. Registration is not necessary.

Feel free to bring your own lunch bag.