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Investment | Geneva 13-14 December

Summary of discussions on a multilateral investment court

On 13 and 14 December 2016 the European Commission and the Government of Canada co-hosted a two-day expert meeting on the establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court in Geneva (Switzerland).

The very positive attendance (almost 170 delegates from more than 60 countries and eight international organisations representing all major trade and investment world actors) evidence that there is an appetite for reforming the current system of investor-state dispute settlement and significant interest in the idea of establishing a permanent multilateral investment dispute settlement mechanism.

Delegations contributed to frank and honest discussions by exchanging views on the rationale of the project and on key technical aspects based on their individual experiences and circumstances. The numerous questions that were raised confirm that further in-depth exploratory discussions will be necessary and useful in order to advance this important project.

Next steps: Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Canada's Minister for International Trade Chrystia Freeland intend to discuss the Multilateral Investment Court initiative with other trade ministers in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 20 January 2017.

More information

The press release announcing the event, 13 December 2016

Q&A on a future multilateral investment court, 13 December 2016