The role of Public International Law as the law applicable to investment arbitration

The matter of the role of public international law in the context of investment arbitration must be examined in light of the nature and evolution of international investment arbitration. The overall analysis of IIA shows its essence of an essentially hybrid system, located at the borderline of international and domestic …

Environmental protection in the WTO

  The set of agreements that constitute the World Trade Organisation (WTO) do not contain any provision directly relating to environmental protection. The reason for this absence is primarily an historical one, as when the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs was concluded in 1947 there was little attention to …

Possible reactions of developing Countries to the TPP: the case of China.

The proliferation of international trade and investment agreements that the world is now experiencing is causing a shift in the balance of international economy. The conclusion of Mega-deals and the participation in the negotiation of the major economic powers increases the competition in the rule-making and sets new international standards …

The Paris Agreement on Climate change

The 2015 Paris Conference has led to the first-ever universal global climate deal, which is meant as a bridge between the current situation and climate neutrality before the end of the century. The path towards the development of a UN climate change regime dates back to the conclusion of the …

Tobacco Plain Packaging: Philip Morris perde la battaglia legale contro l’Australia

Il Tribunale Arbitrale della disputa Philip Morris v Australia ha deciso in favore dello Stato Australiano, negando la causa del gigante delle sigarette, che si è fortemente opposto alla politica dei pacchetti anonimi. La decisione, pronunciata il 17 dicembre 2015 e pubblicata il 16 maggio 2016, potrebbe incoraggiare altri Stati …

Isole Faroe: la strage di balene è criticata ma lecita

Da sempre chiamata ‘Grindadráp’, termine traducibile con ‘mattanza’, la tradizionale caccia alle balene ha luogo ogni anno nell’arcipelago delle Isole Faroe, situate nell’Oceano Atlantico, tra Norvegia e Islanda. Rilevante risorsa economica in passato, la caccia alle balene è oggi un rituale ancora connesso all’attività commerciale, ma anche riconosciuto come pratica …