LORDS

Multilateral Investment Court

On 26 October 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a Convention establishing a multilateral court for the settlement of investment disputes.

The Committee held the item under examination. In a letter to the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, the following questions were raised, including:

  • Whether the Government considers the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to be the right forum for the proposed court;
  • Which 16 countries would be Contracting Parties to the Court in addition to the EU and its Member States;
  • What the UK's commitment is to the process of establishing the Court before it leaves the EU;
  • Whether the UK would wish to remain a member of the Court after Brexit; and
  • What role the Court might have regarding the UK's future relationship with the EU.

On 16 November 2017 the Committee agreed to clear this item from scrutiny.

Letters from the Minister

Letter from the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, 9 November 2017: Multilateral Investment Court (PDF PDF 106 KB)

Letter from the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, 29 November 2017: Multilateral Investment Court (PDF PDF 170 KB)

Letters to the Minister

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, 26 October 2017: Multilateral Investment Court (PDF PDF 139 KB)

Letter from the Committee to the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy, 16 November 2017: Multilateral Investment Court (PDF PDF 69 KB)

Related documents

Explanatory Memorandum from the Government, 5 October 2017 (PDF PDF 259 KB)

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