The Dispute Resolution Special Interest Group (SIG) held its first face-to-face meeting on 19-20 February in Wiesbaden (Germany). The event was hosted by the EBS Law School – University Wiesbaden and received special support of an ELI Member and the EBS Law School Professor Matthias Weller.
The two-day event focused on recent legal developments in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), particularly in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The meeting was chaired by one of the SIG’s temporary coordinators, Professor Thomas Pfeiffer and the organiser of the event, Professor Matthias Weller. It also featured other prominent experts in the field: Alan Uzelac (Professor, Zagreb University), Elizabeth S. Stong (Honorable Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court), Valentin Rétornaz (Assitant Professor, Galatasaray University in Istanbul), Dulce Lopes (Lecturer, University of Coimbra), Rui Dias (Assistant Professor, University of Coimbra), Marta Morvillo (Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Bologna), Jan K. Schaefer (Partner in the Frankfurt office of King & Spalding) and Patricia Nacimiento (Partner in the Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; Member of the World Bank’s ICSID Panel of Arbitrators).
The fruitful discussions resulted in the SIG’s decision to further develop the Group’s first endeavour in the area of ISDS and in the agreement on holding regular SIG meetings on the biannual basis. During the event, members also chose coordinators for the SIG. Professor Thomas Pfeiffer and Professor Stefaan Voet were elected and accepted the task of coordinating the efforts of the group.