CELIS Institute

Foreign Investment Screening | Regulatory Compliance | Risk Control

The CELIS Institute is an independent non-profit, non-partisan research enterprise dedicated to promoting better regulation of foreign investments in the context of security, public order, and competitiveness. It produces expert analysis and fosters a continuous trusting dialogue between policymakers, the investment community, and academics. The CELIS Institute is the leading forum for studying and debating investment screening policy.

The CELIS Institute was set up in 2020 by Professor Steffen Hindelang and Mr. J. Hillebrand Pohl as a permanent successor to the International Conference on a Common European Law on Investment Screening (CELIS), convened by Professor Hindelang and Dr. Andreas Moberg in 2019. A multi-stakeholder initiative, principally funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, CELIS resulted in the very first, interdisciplinary grounded, comprehensive appraisal of EU foreign investment control, published in the inaugural volume of the Yearbook of Socio-Economic Constitutions in 2021 (Springer). The CELIS Institute is headquartered in Berlin.

The Institute also addresses the political and economic aspects of the legal field. Beyond screening, it covers questions relating to investment protection, security, strategy, regulation and facilitation, including dispute settlement.

Steffen Hindelang and J. Hillebrand Pohl | Directors

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Current Calls

CELIS Annual Call for Expression of Interest 2022: CELIS Country Reporters on Foreign Investment Regulation

Annual Call for Expression of Interest 2022  CELIS Country Reporters on Foreign Investment Regulation, especially Investment Screening The CELIS Institute announces the opening of number of positions as CELIS Country Reporter and CELIS Assistant Country Reporter (m/f/d) which will contribute to the Institute’s Knowledge and Research Hub at www.celis.institute. We are particularly interested in applications…
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#CFIS22 Thank you for three rich days discussing the evolving law on investment control! 

The CELIS Forum on Investment Screening (CFIS) is Europe's first and foremost forum to discuss questions on investment screening and security, to be held in its 4th edition this year.

CFIS 22 brings together EU officials, national experts, diplomats, academics, business leaders, think tankers, and representatives of civil society and the media from across Europe and beyond.

The CFIS22 website is available here.

CELIS produces, hosts, and points to various original and third-party content relating to the fields of foreign investment and public order and secruity as well as investment protection and facilitation.

Sarah Bauerle Danzmann and Emily Kilcrease, Sand in the Silicon: Designing an Outbound Inv...

Available at Sand_in_the_Silicon-Designing_an_Outbound_Investment_Controls_Mechanism..pdf (atlanticcouncil.org) ...

Latest CELIS news relating to the field of foreign investment screening and regulation.

CELIS Update on Investment Screening – May 2022

EU – Commission singles out “hostile investors” As a reaction of the war against Ukraine, for the first time ever, the European Commission has taken the step of singling out two hostile investor countries for Member States to consider in applying foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screening laws. In its communication from 6 April 2022 the Commission…
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CELIS Briefing Note: Switzerland – Swiss Federal Council initiates consultation on legislation to screen foreign investment

Phil Baumann, CELIS Country Reporter for Switzerland, briefly reports on the initiation of the consultation process on legislation to screen foreign direct investment by the Swiss Federal Council.
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New Research Funding to CELIS Institute by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation)

Today, on 28 February 2022, the CELIS Institute’s Co-Directors Steffen Hindelang and J. Hillebrand Pohl are extremely delighted to announce that their joint interdisciplinary research project “The Emerging Law of Investment Control in Europe: Screening, Sanctions and Subsidies” has been awarded a very generous financial contribution by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for the purpose of organising an…
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Latest other news relating to the field of foreign investment screening and regulation.

CELIS hosts and organises alone and with partners various events on the fields of foreign investment and public order and secruity. Our flagship event is the CELIS annual conference.

CELIS International Conferences

2022 CELIS Forum on Investment Screening (CFIS)

The Emerging Law of Investment Control in Europe:
Screening, Sanctions and Subsidies

01-03 June 2022

2021 CELIS Virtual Symposium

By invitation and CELIS Fellows event | 02-03 and 06-07 Dec 2021

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Video of the Book Launch: A Common European Law on Investment Screening (Springer 2021)

CELIS Book Launch 2021 – Video – With Cecilia Malmström and Sven Simon On 1 July 2021, the CELIS Institute and the YSEC Yearbook of Socio-Economic Constitutions celebrated the official launch of “A Common European Law on Investment Screening (CELIS)” (published by Springer Nature Group) featuring a high-level panel debate with former European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Sven Simon,…

CELIS Partner Events

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Investment Screening in the European Union

ERA Conference: Investment Screening in the European Union Steffen Hindelang and Jens Hillebrand Pohl for two days devoted to the new EU investment screening framework at the Academy of European Law ERA Conference on Investment Screening in the European Union, 12-13 November 2020. Steffen is professor (wsr) at the Department of Law of the Syddansk…
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