CELIS Institute

Investment Screening | National Security | Competitiveness

The Institute

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.

Want to get involved? Here are ways to stay in touch and contribute to the Institute’s aims:

CELIS Newsletter

CELIS Newsletter: Stay in touch with the Institute and receive the latest developments in the field of investment screening and economic security, invitations to the Institute’s events, and get alerted when a CELIS blog post is published.

CELIS Country Reporter

CELIS Country Reports: Contribute with your in-depth knowledge and expertise towards our effort to identify best practice in the field of investment screening by joining the Board of Country Reporters. We regularly publish calls for positions to be filled. You may respond to these calls or get in touch proactively.


CELIS Blog: The CELIS Blog is a unique forum for current debates on international investment control and economic security law and practice more broadly. It brings the latest developments and analysis to you. From economic security (law) experts – for economic security (law) experts. Write for the CELIS Blog, showcase your expertise, and contribute towards the development of the field.

CELIS Fellow

Become a CELIS Fellow: Our Fellows are natural persons actively engaged in the development or application of foreign investment control and economic security through their professional, vocational, or academic activities. They are legal practitioners from various professions, working in academia, government, legislature and other sectors, who participate in the Institute's activities on the basis of their personal and professional interests and without regard to the interests of any clients or stakeholders.

CELIS Patron

Become a CELIS Patron: Over the years, our work has been generously supported by sponsors (CELIS Patrons). We are currently applying for the charitable status for the CELIS Institute. Sponsorship as well as donations benefit from various tax privileges. If you are interested in supporting the work of the Institute do not hesitate to get in touch.

Latest CELIS Blog posts relating to the field of foreign investment screening and economic security.

Screening Regime for Foreign Investment to be Introduced in Ireland

By Conor Hand, Deputy Director Investment Screening Unit at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (Ireland)    Introduction In an increasingly interconnected world, the national and global security environment is becoming more contested and complex. Reflecting this changing environment, and the increasing diversification of threats, the Irish Government has passed a key piece of…
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Marking a New Investment Era in Sweden: The Upcoming Swedish FDI Regime

By Pouya Ghotbi, Wistrand Advokatbyrå    Background In 1916, the Swedish government introduced a piece of legislation restricting the right of foreigners to invest in Sweden. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the legislation was further tightened, making it difficult for foreigners to acquire businesses in Sweden without government scrutiny. The Act was abolished 1991,…
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CELIS Update on Investment Screening – November 2023

Ireland – Introduction of a new FDI screening regime on 31 October 2023 On 31 October 2023, the Screening of Third Country Transactions Act 2023 was signed into law. Since the initial draft was published on 2 August 2022, the Act has undergone a series of amendments during the course of 2023,. Therewith, for the…
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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.

European Commission – Summary results of the Targeted consultation on the evaluation...

The European Commission has completed its assessment of the framework for the screening of Foreign Direct Investment and has published ...

Sweden – Foreign Direct Investment Act (September 2023) (Swedish)

On 13 September 2023, the Swedish Parliament enacted a new FDI Act, which introduces a mechanism for screening foreign direct ...

Ireland – Screening of Third Country Transactions Act (English)

On 31 October 2023, the Screening of Third Country Transactions Act 2023 was signed into law. Since the initial draft ...

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

2023 CELIS Forum on Investment Screening (CFIS)

CFIS 23 - Investment Screening and Economic Security

11-13 October 2023

CELIS Webinar CJEU Judgment

21 September 2023 ⋅ 12.30-14.00 h CEST


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,…

Excited about the first Country Notes on Denmark and the Slovak Republic? Do you want to be part of the project? We have good news for you!

We have open positions for Country Reporters and Assistant Country Reporters. The CELIS Country Report project aims at compiling well-informed open access analyses of foreign investment regulation, with a particular focus on investment screening in various jurisdictions. If you want to get an idea of the output, check out: https://lnkd.in/dXsDy9hK

We are particularly looking for Country Reporters from #bangladesh #bosniaandherzegovina #bulgaria #croatia #estonia #finland #latvia #lithuania #luxembourg #malta #northmacedonia #slovenia #spain and #turkey but we are open to enlarge out team beyond this!

If you are interested, check out the Call

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