ICCA/Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) – Colloquium: How to resolve the many issues left open by the Achmea CJEU decision? 



On Tuesday 26 June, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) will host a full-day colloquium on the subject :

How to resolve the many issues left open by the Achmea CJEU decision?


More specifically, the Colloquium will address the impact of Achmea on pending arbitrations under member States’ BITs and the Energy Charter Treaty.

The colloquium, hosted in Amsterdam, will provide a high-level forum for the discussion and clarification of the questions arising from the Achmea decision. Moderator Professor Stephan Schill of ACIL explains the need for discussion of this landmark ruling: “Achmea is the most significant court ruling on investment arbitration ever. But it has left many questions open, creating wide-spread legal uncertainty for states, investors, and tribunals.” Colloquium speaker Professor Catherine Kessedjian (University Panthéon-Assas Paris II) explains that “by providing a collective brainstorming, the colloquium will help decipher what the Achmea decision really means for adjudicators.”

The colloquium’s other distinguished speakers are Professor George Bermann (Columbia Law School), Dr. Angelos Dimopoulos (Queen Mary University of London), Professor Jan Kleinheisterkamp (London School of Economics) and Professor Stefan Talmon (20 Essex Street, University of Bonn).

The event will be attended by prominent practitioners and academics in the field, including newly appointed ICCA President Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler. The roster of speakers will provide in-depth analysis of the European and international law issues raised by the Achmea ruling and seek to clarify the implications of the decision for arbitrators, counsel and parties. Discussion with the audience will be subject to the Chatham House rule, giving attendees an opportunity to speak freely and raise issues arising from their own practice.

For further information, please visit the ICCA website here or here.

Registration: The registration fee is €120 including lunch. To register for the colloquium, please click here.