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ISDS and Investment Protection in TTIP - "A Public Debate"

Join the European Commission's Lead TTIP negotiators on Investment Protection and ISDS in this full scale public debate that will ultimately feed into further negotiations of TTIP.

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ISDS and Investment Protection in TTIP - "A Public Debate"
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  • ISDS and Investment Protection in TTIP 

    "A Public Debate" 


    Investment is a vital part of the EU’s economy: it is key to creating and maintaining businesses and jobs after the financial crisis. TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) will further promote investment between the US and EU that currently stands at over 2 trillion Euro. If things go wrong, US investors need assurance that they will be treated fairly by the EU and vice versa - hence the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

    EU countries' combined investments in the US are over 1.6 trillion Euro. Furthermore, these industrial or service companies are financed by your pension funds and local banks.

    However, the rules need to be further clarified. In Denmark, unions and workers worry about lowering labour standards in favour of investment or the dispute mechanism that can be abused. Yet there are those who would buy-in if certain conditions are met.


    Event Objective

    The event supports the strong public and business interest in the issue of investment protection and ISDS. It is aligned with the EU’s call for further stakeholders’ consultation, following the report on the results of the online public consultation launched on 27 March 2014. It will provide a forum for all stakeholders, including EU lead investment protection/ISDS negotiators, investors, States and civil society, to openly debate and put forward a possible approach. The outcome will feed into further investment protection/ISDS TTIP negotiations with the US

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    Members should contact the BCCD Secretariat to confirm a place for their guests.
    A fee of DKK 250 applies for no show or cancellations less than 24hr before the event.

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    09:00   Vagn Thorup: Remarks from Event Sponsor
    Mariano A. Davies: BCCD Welcome Remarks


    Thomas Bernt Henriksen, Economic Editor, Børsen

    Tasneem Brogger, Bloomberg Financial News

        Session I - Theme: TTIP, Evaluating the case for investment protection.
    09:10    Lars Thuesen, Denmark's State Secretary for Foreign Trade Affairs, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    09:25   Leopoldo Rubinacci, EU Lead TTIP Negotiator for Foreign Investment and Investment Protection, European Commission
    09:45   Allan Lerberg, Director for Business and Human Rights, Danish Institute for Humans Rights
    10:05   Gary Campkin, Director of International Strategy at TheCityUK
    10:25   Coffee break
        Session II - Theme: The ISDS clause in TTIP; facts, benefits and concerns.
    10:45   Rufus Gifford, US Ambassador to Denmark
    11:00   Colin Brown, EU Lead TTIP Negotiator for Investor-State Dispute Settlement, European Commission
    11:20   Sean Heather, Vice President of the US Chamber's Centre for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC)
    11:40   Michael Efler, Representative Citizens Committee, STOP TTIP European Citizens’ Initiative
        Session III - Theme The future of dispute settlements. What is the technical, political and tactical way of addressing issues of transparency, abuse, and the ethics of arbitrators? Or should there be an alternative to ISDS?
    12:00   Kenneth Haar, Fellow Corporate Europe Observatory, TTIP Network Denmark
    12:10   Panel discussion
    13:00   Lunch and Networking


  • Leopoldo Rubinacci leads a team of TTIP negotiators looking at investment protection in the Directorate General (DG) for Trade of the European Commission. He heads the investment unit since 2011. From 2005, he headed bilateral trade relations with Western Europe, Western Balkans, EU candidate countries and CIS countries in the same Directorate General. Leopoldo worked at Arthur Andersen & Co holds a business administration degree from University of Brussels.


    Colin Brown leads a team of TTIP negotiators looking at dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy in the Directorate General (DG) for Trade of the European Commission. Before joining DG Trade in October 2006 he worked for 6 years for the European Commission, litigating WTO and EU law cases. He holds an LLB (first class Honours) from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


    Rufus Gifford is the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. Ambassador Gifford most recently served as Finance Chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.  He served as Finance Director for Obama for America from 2011 to 2012, and as Finance Director for the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.  He is currently a Federal Club Member of the Human Rights Campaign and a Partner in Conservation for the World Wildlife Fund. He received a B.A. from Brown University.


    Ambassador Lars Thuesen is Denmark’s Permanent State Secretary of Trade and Strategy, a role he has performed since 2011. He has had a distinguished career as a diplomat inclduing serving as the Danish Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. He holds a track record in the Danish foreign service for more than 20 years.



    Gary Campkin is the Director of International Strategy at TheCityUK – a financial services lobby group. His extensive global experience includes 25 years at the CBI and 15 years as Head of the International Group and as an independent consultant. His leadership roles in international business organisations have included 8 years as Chairman of the Multinationals and Investment Committee of the Business, and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.


     Sean Heather is vice president of the US Chamber’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC), which seeks to align trade, regulatory, and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets. He is also executive director of both international policy and antitrust policy. He holds an undergraduate degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.


     Allan Lerberg Jørgensen is Department Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), where he is responsible for the Institute’s work in the areas of sustainable development and business. Prior to joining DIHR in 2006, Allan worked on business in society issues at The Copenhagen Centre for Corporate Responsibility, a government think tank, and at DIHR.


     Michael Efler is the Official Representative for the European Citizens’ Initiative’s “Stop TTIP”. He studied economics and social economics at the University of Hamburg and obtained a PhD in international investment treaties. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has promoted direct democracy at the German association Mehr Demokratie. He is significantly involved in the implementation of the European Citizens’ Initiative in the Treaty of Lisbon.

     Kenneth Haar is a researcher with Corporate Europe Observatory, a lobby watchdog based in Brussels. Corporate Europe Observatory has followed the TTIP negotiations closely from the beginning, and has produced several reports on the negotiations; including on ISDS and regulatory cooperation. He is a graduate in history and sociology from Roskilde University and Lund University. He has worked on trade policy for 20 years.

    John Hegeman is the Global Head of AIG's Political Risk Insurance business. He joined AIG in 1984 from the association of private insurers that managed the short and medium term credit insurance business for US Eximbank. He worked in London for 8 years, managing AIG's Credit and Political Risk business in Europe. He is the former Chairman of the Investment Insurance Committee of the Berne Union.

    Jakob Krag Nielsen is a partner and attorney with Rønne & Lundgren. Jakob is a seasoned cross-border litigator and a specialist in IP and market practices law.






  • Rønne & Lundgren

    Tuborg Havnevej 19

    2900 Hellerup

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