The Law Societies’ Brussels office and Flinn Law will hold a breakfast meeting with a panel discussion on Tuesday morning, 14 May at 9:00 am, about the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) Opinion concerning the CETA Investment Court System (ICS) and the autonomy of EU Law. (The Opinion is due on 30 April).

The panel discussion will be held under Chatham House rules and will consider:

  • Autonomy of EU law, its interpretation by the CJEU and potential implications for the future course of EU trade and investment policy (and dispute resolution clauses in particular);
  • Similarities and differences between CETA’s ICS mechanism, the ISDS mechanism in the intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs) (examined in the CJEU’s Achmea judgment) and the dispute resolution (arbitration) mechanism in the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement;
  • Implications of the CJEU case law for the EU’s proposals for the multilateral investment court (MIC) system (especially in light of the ongoing work within UNCITRAL).

Welcome: Helena Raulus, Head of UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office

Chair: Leonard Hawkes, FLINN


  • Colin Brown, Deputy Head of Unit, Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy, DG TRADE, European Commission
  • Nicolas Angelet, Arbitrator and Public International Law Counsel, Member of the Brussels Bar and an Associate Tenant of Doughty Street Chambers, London
  • Emily Hay, Senior Associate at Hanotiau & Van Den Berg

The event will take place at The UK Law Societies’ Brussels Office, 5th Floor, 85 Avenue des Nerviens, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium.

 Breakfast will be served from 8:30 am.

Please register here.