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A message from the Editorial Team – Holiday Break

The Editorial Team of the CELIS Blog will be offline for the holidays. The CELIS Blog will be back with more exciting news on investment screening and beyond on 8 January 2024.
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Launch of the CELIS German Chapter and BDI-Event in Berlin

By Leonard von Rummel, BLOMSTEIN  If you are interested in the latest developments and challenges in the field of investment screening and its impact on the German economy, you should not miss the Investment Screening Conference hosted by BDI and CELIS German Chapter on February 20, 2024 at the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin. Globalisation is under great pressure ...
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Lessons learned from the “Kleo Connect” Case

By Janosch Wiesenthal, University of Lüneburg     Due to its geo-economic orientation, both politicians and legal scholars usually perceive investment screening as a field being at the mercy of political interests. The "Kleo Connect" case confirms that this traditional perception still holds true. In addition, it also reveals that investment screening mechanisms might be used to different ends, namely ...
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Huawei Technologies Co. LTD. v. The Kingdom of Sweden – ISDS as a potential remedy against the Huawei ban from the 5G rollout?

By Kilian Wagner, University of Vienna    Spearheaded by the United States, several states including Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom have imposed restrictions on the Chinese tech-giant Huawei. These measures essentially ban Huawei’s products for the roll-out of the infrastructure for the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) on national security grounds. The EU has not taken a ...
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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 legislation designed to protect security ...
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Marking a New Investment Era in Sweden: Enter the 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, embarking on an open economy ...
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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 first time, there is a ...
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Taking due process seriously – The Administrative Court of Berlin doubles down on FDI procedural rules

By Jonas Fechter, University of Münster / CELIS Deputy Assistant Director    I. Introduction Investment screening is infamous for the low number of judicial proceedings that have challenged the legality of the prohibition and mitigation measures imposed by governments. As a result, there is, as yet, no strong body of case law clarifying how investment screening laws are to be applied, ...
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Anti-subsidy investigation in Chinese Electric Vehicles: fairness, global competition and geopolitics 

By Mark Konstantinidis, King’s College London    Introduction and background  In September 2023, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her State of the Union address to the European Parliament. President von der Leyen warned that ‘global markets are now flooded with cheaper Chinese electric cars. And their price is kept artificially low by huge state subsidies. This is ...
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China’s growing assertiveness in the use of economic sanctions: where are we heading?

By Dr. Iryna Bogdanova, World Trade Institute   China’s growing assertiveness in the use of economic sanctions: where are we heading? The US-China trade war, tightening of US export controls, and economic sanctions against Chinese technology companies instigated major revisions of Chinese laws and regulations that emulate Western tools used to implement economic sanctions. These recent amendments represent a major ...
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