“Sneak Peek” – CELIS Virtual Symposium 2021: Sovereign-Driven Investments – Motives and Consequences

At last year's CELIS Virtual Symposium 2021, Jaap van Etten, CEO of CELIS Patron "Datenna", gave some thought provoking impulses regarding motives and consequences of sovereign-driven investments in his keynote. Many thanks Jaap!


Other speakers provided interesting insight into the following subjects in their keynotes and draft paper/abstract presentations:

  • Fair Play? The Politics of Evaluating Foreign Subsidies in the European Union
  • The merger control tools in the EU Proposal for a new Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market: The final pieces of the puzzle to ensure competitive neutrality in Cross-Border M&A?
  • The changing landscape of sovereign wealth funds: implications for investment screening
  • European Commission's First Annual Report on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investment into the Union
  • The EU Draft Regulation On Distortive Foreign Subsidies – What, why and how?
  • Industrial policy, competition policy and strategic autonomy
  • Setting the scene(s): Investment Screening and Beyond
  • Balance of Payments-Related Restrictions on the Freedom of Investment
  • Political-economic theses on FDI
  • Investor obligations through the prism of the EU foreign investment screening framework
  • Geoeconomic Competition and Rival Models of Capitalism: Assessing the EU Debate on Sovereign-Driven Investment
  • Geoeconomic Risks Associated with Foreign Investments


  • Investment screening mechanisms in times of COVID-19: national approaches
  • Economic sanctions as an instrument of foreign investment control - A commercial perspective
  • Foreign Investment Security Review in China
  • Creating assessment methodologies for national security threats
  • The Evolving Concept of ‘National Security’ and Foreign Investment Screening Procedures, with Particular Reference to the Italian Regime
  • States’ Shareholding as a Tool of Investment Control in Strategically Important Companies: Any Consequences for the International Responsibility?
  • Economic Sanctions as Instruments of Foreign Investment Control
  • What role for investment screening in international investment law?
  • The International Legal Framework for Foreign Investment Control
  • National security and essential security interests in the CJEU jurisprudence
  • Italian Foreign Investment screening mechanism in the EU framework between health security, defence of national interests, and economic recovery
  • The Multidimensional Scope of National Security
  • Investment arbitration as a potential tool for challenging adverse investment screening decisions
  • The Concept of Security: Reconstruction of the Origins, Scope and Meaning of an Ambiguous Symbol


  • Foreign investments in critical sectors in the European Union: FDI control and other parallel screening mechanisms – interference problems and practical solutions
  • Republic of Cyprus and Foreign Direct Investment Screening: Contemplating the Way Forward
  • Regulation on FDI and emergency discipline: from Protection to Protectionism


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