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The Relevance of EU Law for Arbitral Tribunals: (Not) Managing the Lingering Tension

Koutrakos, P. (2016). The Relevance of EU Law for Arbitral Tribunals: (Not) Managing the Lingering Tension. The Journal of World Investment & Trade, 17(6), pp. 873-894. doi: 10.1163/22119000-12340020


The tensions between European Union (EU) law and intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have become increasingly visible: they involve national and transnational courts, arbitral tribunals and courts in third states, and arise in a variety of procedural settings and with increasing intensity. Written at a time when questions about the very foundations of the interactions between EU and intra-EU BITs have been raised before the Court of Justice of the European Union, this article highlights the legal and policy factors that may explain the intensity of the current dilemmas. It reflects on the maximalist and polemical approach that a number of actors have adopted over the years, and points out the pitfalls of ignoring the usefulness of pragmatism and comity.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Brill Academic Publishers, 2016.
Publisher Keywords: comity; EU; European Court of Justice; intra-EU BITs; maximalism; Micula
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > Institute for the Study of European Laws
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