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Webinar: The Energy Charter Treaty: To "modernize" or to exit?

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This webinar, part of IISD's series of Webinars on Investment Law and Policy, will focus on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The event will be held on January 22, 2020, at 3:30 PM CET/9:30 AM EST. 

The ECT is a treaty from 1994 that aimed to set out a multilateral framework for cooperation in the energy sector. It covers, among other areas, trade and investment, and includes an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism that has been used in various arbitration cases. A negotiation mandate for an ECT "modernization" process was adopted in late 2019, with meetings planned throughout the coming year.

Given this context, this upcoming webinar will consider the history of the ECT, the modernization process now underway, and some of the main aspects of reform, including from the perspective of climate action. It will consider questions such as the implications of ECT termination and withdrawal and will note the case history under the ECT to date.

The guest speaker for the webinar will be Kyla Tienhaara, Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment and Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. IISD International Law Advisor Martin Dietrich Brauch will also serve as speaker as well as webinar moderator.

The webinar will be held on the Zoom platform and is open to the public. Please note that registration is required and can be completed at the following link.

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