Professor Joanna Jemielniak from the University of Copenhagen gave a lecture on ‘Judicialization of Investor-State Dispute Resolution: Competing Models of Legal Globalization’ on December 13, 2018 at the University of Luxembourg (Weicker campus, Luxembourg City). The lecture was part of the Lecture Series on the theme ‘The European Union as a Global International Actor and Investment Treaties’ directed by Pr. Eleftheria Neframi and Dr Mauro Gatti (University of Luxembourg).


Joanna Jemielniak is Professor MSO of International Economic Law (IEL) at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on transparency in international arbitration, new forms of investment dispute resolution and on the role of China in IEL. She has published in, inter alia, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press (forthcoming), Routledge, European Business Law Review and Uniform Law Review. A former Fulbright Fellow, she completed research visiting stays at Harvard Law School; University of California, Berkeley; UNIDROIT, Rome; and Renmin University, Beijing.


Public backlash against arbitration as the dominant method of investor-state dispute resolution has in recent years resulted in a number of reform proposals. Many of them aim at either supplementing or replacing the existing mechanisms with court-like forms of adjudication.
The lecture will discuss two such proposals, which have enjoyed notable political support: the EU Investment Court System and the Belt and Road dispute resolution mechanism. Prospects for establishment of a multilateral investment court will also be examined, with regard to pending proceedings of UNCITRAL Working Group III, and to the EU-China BIT negotiations.


Professor Matthew Happold, University of Luxembourg. Matthew Happold is Professor of Public International law at the University of Luxembourg. He has published widely across the public international law spectrum, including on dispute settlement, the United Nations, State responsibility, immunities, human rights and humanitarian law, and economic sanctions. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Luxembourg Commission consultative des Droits de l’Homme, Luxembourg’s national human rights institution. Matthew also practices as a barrister from 3 Hare Court, London, and sits as a Recorder on the North Eastern Circuit.

Information about the Lecture Series “The European Union as a Global International Actor and Investment Treaties

The conference is part of the Lecture Series on the theme The European Union as a Global International Actor, supported by the FNR (RESCOM Scientific Events). The objective of the Lecture Series is to involve a wide-ranging audience in interactive lectures delivered by renowned scholars in legal or political economy disciplines. The lectures cover various aspects of the external action of the European Union and aim at critically assessing its role in tackling challenges in a context of global governance.

The Lecture Series is organised by Prof. Eleftheria Neframi and Dr Mauro Gatti, University of Luxembourg.


University of Luxembourg
Weicker Building – Conference room B 001 (Ground floor)
4, rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg

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