Call for Papers - EU Policy on International Investments: Uncertainties, Challenges and Opportunities



Event Date: 

03/20/17 to 03/21/17

Location name: 

Zaragoza, Spain

EU Policy on International Investments: Uncertainties, Challenges and Opportunities

 We are pleased to announce the holding of the “EU Policy on International Investments: Uncertainties, Challenges and Opportunities” international conference on the 20th and 21st March 2017 at the  University of Zaragoza Law School. Confirmed key speakers include Javier Díez Hochleitner (University Autónoma of Madrid and Baker & McKenzie), Julio González García (European Law and Regional Integration Institute, University Complutense, Spain); Luis Hinojosa (University of Granada), Jan Kleinheisterkamp (London School of Economics, UK), Catharine Titi (CNRS and CREDIMI, University of Bourgogne, France) and José Antonio Zamora Rodríguez (MiNECO).

The conference focuses on the many legal issues that have arisen following the inclusion of foreign direct investment in Article 207 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Among the topics to be addressed at the conference are: the controversial nature of EU competence on commercial policy; the impact that the exercising of this competence through the creation of an investment  court may have on the principle of autonomy of EU law and the ECJ’s exclusive jurisdiction in the area; the financial responsibility linked to investor-to-state dispute settlement tribunals established by international agreements to which the European Union is party; the EU proposal to create a multilateral investment court; recent legal developments regarding CETA, the future of TTIP and other negotiations in which the EU is currently immersed, and the important role played by civil society in these matters.

  •       Submission of proposals:

Academics and practitioners at all stages of their careers are invited to participate, including pre- and post-doctoral students. Extended abstracts of a minimum of 600 words and unpublished full papers with the author’s name, affiliation and an updated CV including contact details should be submitted to the conference director ( All submissions and complete papers may be written either in English or in Spanish.

Abstracts for presentation at this forum will be assessed and selected by the scientific committee. We regret that we are unable to cover selected speakers' travel and accommodation expenses.

  •       Timeline:

-The deadline for submitting proposals is December 31st 2016.

-Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by January 8th 2017.

-The deadline for submitting papers (2,000-4,000 words) is March 1st 2017.

-The conference will be held at the University of Zaragoza on March 20th and 21st 2017.

- The Research Group DER2016-76986- (“EU in the context of the new generation Treaties: between institutional reform and social protection”) is planning to publish an edited volume containing the most relevant papers presented in the conference.  The deadline for submitting the final version of the selected papers (4,000-7,000 words) will be April 30th 2017.

Participants should register for the conference under                                                  

  •       Conference venue:

 With a population of over 700,000, Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain. The city is just 80 minutes by train from both Madrid and Barcelona and is famous for its landmarks, which include the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral, the Aljafería Palace, and Aragon’s traditional Mudéjar architecture, as well as for its gastronomy and the River Ebro. The University of Zaragoza was founded in 1542 and is one of the oldest universities in Spain. It currently has over 40,000 students divided among 22 faculties.