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The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. BOX 4 (visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 3)
Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140


Panel discussion: What to do with the TTIP?

The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights has the pleasure to invite you to  a panel discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Time: Wednesday 27th August 2014 at 12:15-14
Venue:  Suomen Laki -sali (PIV), Porthania 1st floor (Yliopistonkatu 3)

The Panel will address the negotiations between the EU and the United States on the planned “Transatlantic Partnership”, that is to say the planned regime on the trade and investment between the world’s two leading trade blocks. The negotiations began in 2013 and are expected to be concluded in 2015. This would mean significant liberalisation of trade between the two partners. The treaty would also liberate investments between the EU and the US. The plan is to moreover enable private investors from both parties to submit grievances with their host states to arbitration in a process conducted under the World Bank (the so-called ICSID rules). The system of investor-state arbitration has been subject to much public controversy: it has been alleged to encroach on the public powers of host states in social, environmental and labour issues and in consumer protection. The panel is invited to assess the on-going controversy. Is the planned system of investment protection a much-needed instrument for the implementation of state commitments, or a neoliberal technique for constraining states in the relations with foreign investors?

Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki)
Mårten Knuts (University of Helsinki)
Kate Miles (University of Cambridge) 
Jukka Pesola (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland)

Martin Björklund (University of Helsinki)

This event is part of the 27th Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law. For further information, please visit

The event is open to everyone and no registration is needed.