Client Earth | 6 September 2016
EU Parliament ICS opinion ignores legal pitfalls
Highly controversial investor rules in the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA) led the EU Parliament to ask its legal service whether they were compatible with EU law, and the analysis has just been published.
This is a boost for EU transparency, but the opinion reads like a defence of the Investment Court System (ICS). In saying ICS may be compatible with EU law, the opinion of the legal service sounds like a justification aimed at the European Court of Justice rather than an honest legal assessment.
EU Parliament ICS opinion ignores clear legal issues
ClientEarth analysis shows several important deficiencies in the opinion of the European Parliament’s legal service:
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