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 NOW Kick-Off Event in Berlin: Call for Papers – “The Age of Open Strategic Autonomy”

The CELIS Institute’s early-career scholars’ and practitioners’ network on the law and practice of economic warfare (CELIS NOW) is pleased to announce its kick-off event in Berlin. It invites proposals from interested early-career scholars and practitioners working in the field of trade and investment law. The conference will focus on the emerging doctrine of “Open Strategic Autonomy” and…
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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.

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

CELIS Update on Investment Screening – October 2022

USA – Treasury publishes CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines On 20 October 2022 the Department of the Treasury, as Chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”), has released the first-ever CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines. The Guidelines provide the public with information about how the Committee assesses…
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CELIS Update on Investment Screening – September 2022

EU – European Commission publishes Second Annual Report on the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union On 1 September 2022, the European Commission (EC) published the Second Annual Report on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investment into the Union. The report contains besides the most recent data on foreign direct investment inflows into…
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CELIS Update on Investment Screening – August 2022

Czechia – First Annual Report on Foreign Direct Investments Screening in the Czech Republic On 1 August 2022, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic published the first Annual Report on Foreign Investments Screening in the Czech Republic. The report provides some interesting insights on the FDI Act that has been in effect for one…
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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

CELIS Partner Events

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Understanding National Security Concerns in Light of FDI Screening

Conference: Understanding National Security Concerns in Light of FDI Screening Steffen Hindelang for two days devoted to national security considerations and Foreign Direct Investments at the Conference on ‘Understanding National Security Concerns in Light of FDI Screening’, 27 to 28 October 2022 in Rome. Steffen is currently professor of international investment and trade law at…
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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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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,…
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