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    • 19/09/2022
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    Tetyana Payosova and Joanna Redelbach co authored WTO chapter in The International Trade Review

    Van Bael & Bellis senior associates Tetyana Payosova (Geneva) and Joanna Redelbach (Brussels) have co-authored the WTO chapter in the 8th edition of The International Trade Law Review published by Law Business Research. The chapter examines some of the key developments in WTO case law over the past year and addresses the alternative means of settling appeals in the absence of a functioning WTO Appellate Body, including the Multiparty Interim Appeal Arbitration Agreement (MPIA) and the first-ever recourse to arbitration under Article 25 of the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding.

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    • 15/09/2022
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    European Commission publishes proposal for an EU-wide forced labour products ban

    On 14 September 2022, the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a Regulation prohibiting products made with forced labour on the European Union market. This comes precisely one year after the European Commission first announced the forced labour products ban initiative and follows the publication of the European Commission’s Decent Work Communication. The Proposal sets out a general prohibition on economic operators to make available on the EU market or export from the European Union products made, in whole or in part, with forced labour. If adopted, EU Member States will be required to directly detain, seize or order the withdrawal of any product made with forced labour at any stage of that product’s supply chain.

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    • 05/09/2022
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    Aldo Scalini speaks about Proceedings before the CJEU at the Academy of European Law

    Aldo speaks about Proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union at the Academy of European Law On 7 September 2022, Aldo Scalini will hold a seminar at the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier on EU litigation. Aldo will speak about direct actions and provide insights into how to prepare an application for annulment and plead before the General Court. For more information on the seminar, please click here

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    • 23/02/2022
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    ICSID tribunal declines to revisit its decision in light of the CJEU’s judgment in Komstroy

    On 1 February 2022, the tribunal in Infracapital v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/18) dismissed Spain’s request to reconsider the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear a dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”). In its Reconsideration Decision, the tribunal examines and rejects Spain’s intra-EU jurisdictional objection based on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in Case C-741/19, Republic of Moldova v. Komstroy LLC (“Komstroy”) (see our client alert). According to the tribunal, the Komstroy judgment is entirely irrelevant to its rulings on jurisdiction and on liability. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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    • 14/01/2022
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    欧州委員会による炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)導入規則案の公表及び日本企業への示唆 / Note on the implications of future EU CBAM for Japan

    2021年7月14日、欧州委員会は、炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)を導入する規則案を公表しました。今後、欧州議会や閣僚理事会により重要な修正が加えられる可能性もありますが、本稿では、規則案において提案されているCBAMの主要な要素及び日本企業への示唆を説明します。

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    • 09/12/2021
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    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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