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Published on January 23rd, 2018 | by Olga Papadopoulou

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A New, BLEU-based Objection to Intra-EU Energy Charter Treaty Claims

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A New, BLEU-based Objection to Intra-EU Energy Charter Treaty Claims

Danilo Ruggero Di Bella (Bottega Di Bella)/November 19, 2017

 Currently, several dozen arbitral claims have been lodged by investors from an EU Member-State against another EU Member-State based on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). These so-called intra-EU ECT-based arbitrations seem to be increasing, despite attempts by the European Commission to halt them. So far, neither the Respondent-States nor the Commission (as amicus curiae) have succeeded in convincing an arbitral tribunal of intra-EU jurisdictional problems with such claims.

This post argues a new potential objection to intra-EU ECT-based claims based on is the parallelism between the ECT and the Belgo-Luxembourg BITs, or in other words, between the superseded European Economic Community (EEC) and the Belgo-Luxembourg Economic Union, coupled with the principle of systematic integration. To understand this comparison, it is first necessary to recall the background of these treaties…

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