On 21 June 2019 the University of Luxembourg and the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law co-organized a round table on the Opinion 1/17 of the Court of Justice of the Union.In its opinion the Court held that the mechanism for the resolution of disputes between investors and States provided for by the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) is compatible with EU law.

The round table brought together members of the European institutions, academics and young researchers to discussion questions, such as the autonomy of the EU legal order and the access to an independent tribunal, raised by the creation of a Tribunal and an Appellate Tribunal and, in the longer term, the establisment of an ‘Investment Court System’ (ICS).


14:00-15:30 Autonomy and Equality of Treatment


  • Christopher Vajda (Judge, Court of Justice of the EU)
  • Sonja Boelaert (Senior Legal adviser, Council of the EU)
  • Federico Casolari (Professor, University of Bologna)
  • Merijn Chamon (University of Ghent)
  • Mauro Gatti (The Hague University of Applied Sciences)
  • Edoardo Stoppioni (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)

Moderator: Eleftheria Neframi (Professor, University of Luxembourg)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Access to an Independent Tribunal


  • Allan Rosas (Judge, Court of Justice of the EU)
  • Matthew Happold (Professor, University of Luxembourg)
  • Burhard Hess (Professor, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)
  • Nicolas Pigeon (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Javier Olmedo (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)
  • Ivan Cavdarevic (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)

Moderator: Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)



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