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Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire? A Discussion of the CETA Investment Court

Joint Seminar with the Canadian Council on International Law
Where Fasken Martineau - 2900 - 550 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, BC
V6C 0A3
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Please join us on Thursday, September 29, 2016 for a complimentary panel discussion and cocktail reception with Global Affairs Canada on The CETA Investment Court and the Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement. The session will be presented by Fasken Martineau’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution group and the Canadian Council on International Law.

After feeling the heat from a number of NGOs, concerned citizens and governments, both Canada and the European Union have accepted a new international investment court system for resolving investor-state disputes. It would include an appeals process and stricter rules on impartiality and independence. This new initiative could have a profound effect on the future of investor-state dispute settlement, especially if it is adopted in more trade and investment agreements in the future.

Find out what the experts think in a panel discussion and Q&A session that touches on the following questions:

  • Will the investment court idea catch on as a new model for settling investor-state disputes?
  • Does design of the CETA investment court adequately respond to attacks on the legitimacy of ISDS?
  • What are the practical implications of the CETA investment court for parties to disputes?
  • How can we expect ISDS to evolve in the coming years – and should it exist at all? 


  • Tina Cicchetti, (Partner, Fasken Martineau) 
  • Katie Sykes, (Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University)


  • Ljiljana Biukovic, (Associate Professor, Allard School of Law UBC; expert in international economic law and EU law)
  • Adam Douglas, (Counsel, Global Affairs Canada)


  • 4:30 pm | Registration and Networking
  • 5:00 pm | Panel Discussion
  • 6:00 pm | Cocktail Reception

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation

This seminar has been accredited by the Law Society of British Columbia for 1.0 hour of CPD credit.


This is an in-person event.


This seminar is complimentary.


Register for this event by Friday, September 23, 2016.