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Modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: A Global Tragedy at a High Cost for Taxpayers

A presentation by Dr. Yamina Saheb will highlight the main findings of the report and provide the audience timely analysis of the ECT modernization process before the first negotiation round planned in April 2020.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and an interactive question and answer session with the audience


15:30 to 15:35
Opening and welcome remarks with instructions to attendees – Vickie Healey
15:35 to 15:55
Presentation of report – Yamina Saheb
15:55 to 16:20
Panel Discussion moderated by Rod Janssen
16:20 to 16:30
Q&A – panelists address questions submitted by the audience
moderated by Rod Janssen


  • Dr Silvia Baule: European Commission (Deputy Head of Investment Unit at DG Trade)
  • Ms Chiara Galiffa: European Commission (Expert on Legal Affairs and Dispute Settlement at DG Trade)
  • Ms Anna Cavazzini: European Parliament (Member of the Committee on International Trade)
  • Mr Marcel Alers: United Nations Development Programme (Head of Energy Department)
  • Ms Amandine Van Den Berghe: Client Earth (Lawyer on Trade and Environment)

About the Energy Charter Treaty

The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is a multilateral agreement which grants binding protection for foreign investment in energy supply (coal, oil, gas, nuclear and electricity). Under the ECT regime, provisions on Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) allow foreign investors (companies, holdings, financial institutions and individuals) to allege treaty violations by suing states through ad hoc arbitration tribunals composed of private lawyers. More information on the ECT is available here.


The Clean Energy Solutions Center helps governments, advisors and analysts create policies and programs that advance the deployment of clean energy technologies. The Solutions Center is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy.

OpenExp is a global network of independent experts that develops with and for policymakers, business leaders, civil society and the scientific community, solutions aiming at the implementation of the sustainable development goals.