International Conference

A Common European Law on Investment Screening

Foreign Investment in Times of Change


07 March 2019 — 08 March 2019
Gothenburg University | Sweden


2 Days | 2 Keynotes | 28 Talks

Daimler, the harbour terminal in Zeebrugge, or Saxo Bank are only three recent examples of controversially discussed company takeovers in Europe. The “elephant in the room” is China and its “Belt and Road Initiative” and other state-backed investment strategies. The political will in Europe is growing to more actively control investments flowing into the EU. The current regulatory initiatives raise several fundamental, constitutional and regulatory issues. Surprisingly, they have not been addressed in any depth so far.

This international research conference shall take stock of the current rather fragmented regulatory approaches and produce the very first, interdisciplinary grounded, comprehensive appraisal of a future “Common European Law on Investment Screening” (CELIS). Due to the conference’s comprehensive approach, it is expected to influence the broader debate on the EU’s upcoming regulation of this matter.

The research conference is addressed to participants from academia as well as to representatives from government, business, and civil society.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Gothenburg!

Steffen Hindelang (SDU) and Andreas Moberg (GU)

Steffen Hindelang

Steffen Hindelang

University of Southern Denmark
Professor (wsr)


Andreas Moberg

Gothenburg University
Associate Professor

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Age Bakker

State Councillor in Extraordinary Service Dutch State Council
The Hague

Stephan Wernicke

Stephan Wernicke

Association of German
Chambers of Commerce
Head of Legal, Berlin

Thomas Papadopoulos

Thomas Papadopoulos

University of Cyprus


Sylvia Baule

Deputy Head of Unit
European Commission


Philipp Stompfe

Alexander & Partner


Paolo Vargiu

University of Leicester


Szymon Pawlowski

Senior Lecturer
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University


Marek Jezewski

Kochanski Zieba and Partners

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Jonas Hallberg

Trade Policy Advisor

Jukka Snell

Jukka Snell

University of Turku


Henning Berger

White and case


Dominik Eisenhut

Senior legal counsel
Airbus Defence


Henning Jessen

Associate Professor
World Maritime University 

Bent Ole Gram Mortensen

Bent Ole Gram Mortensen

University of Southern Denmark

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Michael Fehling

Bucerius Law School


Vladimir Talanov

Egorov Puginsky Afanisiev & Partn.


Theodore W. Kassinger

O'Melveny & Myers LLP  
Washington D.C. 


Qingxiu Bu

McGill University


Tomoko Ishikawa

Associate Professor
University of Nagoya


Stefan Korte

Technical University Chemnitz

Terhechte, Joerg-Phillip

Jörg Philipp Terhechte

Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Leuphana University Lüneburg


Bugge Thorbjørn Daniel

Associate Professor
University of Southern Denmark  


Per Cramér

Dean & Professor
University of Gothenburg

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Martin Nettesheim

University of Tübingen


Barbara Kaech

Generel Counsel
Nord Stream 2  


Helle Krunke

University of Copenhagen

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Joanna Warchol

Policy Advisor
European Parliament  


Mavluda Sattorova

Senior Lecturer
University of Liverpool 


Carolina Dackö

Mannheimer Swartling

Hagemeyer (1)

Teoman Hagemeyer

                 Ph.D Student and                              Social Welfare Judge                   Berlin   

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, 06 March 2019

19:30 - 22:30 | Pre-conference evening

19:30 - 22:30


Get-Together of organisers, speakers, commentators, and chairs (by invitation)

Thursday, 07 March 2019

09:00 - 09:45 | Registration and Coffee

09:00 - 09:45

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Registration and Coffee

09:45 - 10:00 | Welcome Address and Opening Remarks by the Organisers

09:45 - 10:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Andreas Moberg, University of Gothenburg, Assoc. Professor, Gothenburg

Home - CELIS Steffen Hindelang, University of Southern Denmark, Professor (wsr), Odense

10:00 - 10:30 | Keynote - Economic Foundations of Capital Controls and Unilateral Liberalisation of Capital Movements by the EU Treaties

10:00 - 10:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Age Bakker, Dutch State Council, State Councillor in Extraordinary Service, The Hague

10:30 - 11:00 | Inaugural Talk - Investment Screening – The Return of Protectionism?

10:30 - 11:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Business Perspective (30’)

Home - CELIS Stephan Wernicke, Association of German Chambers of Commerce, Head of Legal, Berlin

11:00 - 12:00 | General Discussion

11:00 - 12:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

General Discussion

12:00 - 13:00 | Light Lunch

12:00 - 12:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Light lunch

13:00 - 15:00 | First Panel: “The European Origins” – the EU Member States Rules on Screening Foreign Investment

13:00 - 15:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Chair: Sylvia Baule, European Commission, Deputy Head of Unit, Brussels

Opening remarks by the Chair (5’)

Country Report on Western EU Countries (esp. Germany, France, The Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg) (20’)

Home - CELIS Philipp Stompfe, Attorney, Alexander & Partner, Berlin.

Country Report on Southern EU Countries (esp. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece) (20’)

Home - CELIS Paolo Vargiu, Lecturer, University of Leicester, Leicester

Country Report on Central and Eastern European and Baltic EU Countries (esp. Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Baltic States) (20’)

Home - CELIS Szymon Pawłowski, Senior Lecturer, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw

Home - CELIS Marek Jeżewski, Partner, Kochański Zięba and Partners, Warsaw

Country Report on Northern EU Countries (20’)

Home - CELIS Jonas Hallberg, Kommerskollegium, Trade Policy Advisor, Stockholm

General discussion (30’)

Concluding Remarks by the Chair (5’)

15:00 - 15:30 | Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:30 | Second Panel: “The Hidden European Investment Screening Mechanism Already in Place” – Existing EU Secondary Legislation on (Discriminatory) Treatment of Third Country Investments – A Plurality of Regulatory Approaches

15:30 - 17:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Jukka Snell Chair: Jukka Snell, University of Turku, Professor, Turku

Opening remarks by the Chair (5’)

Banking and Insurance Sector (15’)

Home - CELIS Henning Berger, White and Case, Partner, Berlin

Defence, Military, Dual-use Sector (15’)

Home - CELIS Dominik Eisenhut, Airbus Defence, Senior Legal Counsel, Munich

Transport Sector (15’)

Home - CELIS Henning Jessen, World Maritime University, Associate Professor, Malmö

Energy and Water Sector (15’)

Home - CELIS Bent Ole Gram Mortensen, University of Southern Denmark, Professor, Odense

Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure Sector (15’)

Home - CELIS Michael Fehling, Bucerius Law School, Professor, Hamburg

General Discussion (35’)

Concluding Remarks by the Chair (5’)

17:30 - 17:50 | Short Coffee Break

17:30 - 17:50

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Short Break; Coffee

17:50 - 19:00 | Third Panel: Beyond Europe – The Screening Schemes of Major EU Trade Partners

17:50 - 19:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Chair: Vladimir Talanov, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Advocate, Moscow

Opening remarks by the Chair (5’)

Country Report for Northern America (esp. US and Canada) (20’)

Home - CELIS Theodore W. Kassinger, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Partner, Washington, D.C.

Country Report for Asia (esp. China and Japan) and Australia (20’)

Home - CELIS Qingxiu Bu, McGill University, Professor, Montreal

General Discussions (20’)

Concluding Remarks by the Chair (5’)

19:00 | End of 1. Conference Day


End of 1. Conference Day

20:00 - open end | Speakers’ Dinner (by invitation)

20:00 - open end


Speakers’ Dinner with Dinner Speech

(Special invitation event)

Friday, 08 March 2019

09:00 - 09:30 | Arrival of Participants

09:00 - 09:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Arrival of participants; coffee is served.

09:30 - 11:00 | Fourth Panel: EU Constitutional Preconditions and Limits

09:30 - 11:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Chair: Tomoko Ishikawa, University of Nagoya, Assoc. Professor, Nagoya

Opening remarks by the Chair (5’)

In search for an EU Competence to Establish an Investment Screening Mechanism and Restricting Effects Flowing from Fundamental Freedoms, Fundamental Rights, and other EU Primary Law

Home - CELIS Stefan Korte, Technical University Chemnitz, Professor, Chemnitz (35’)

Home - CELIS Comment: Bugge Thorbjørn Daniel, University of Southern Denmark, Associate Professor, Odense (15’)

General Discussions (30’)

Concluding Remarks by the Chair (5’)

11:00 - 11:30 | Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 | Fifth Panel: Possible Functions of a Common European law on investment screening

11:30 - 13:00

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Chair: Per Cramér, University of Gothenburg, Dean and Professor, Gothenburg

Opening remarks by the Chair (5’)

Screening for What Threat – Preserving “Public Order and Security”, Securing Reciprocity in International Trade, Supporting Certain Social, Environmental, or Industrial Policies?

Home - CELIS Martin Nettesheim, University of Tübingen, Professor, Tübingen (30’)

Home - CELIS Comment: Barbara Kaech, Nord Stream 2, General Counsel, Zug (10’)

Home - CELIS Comment: Helle Krunke, University of Copenhagen, Professor, Copenhagen (10’)

General Discussion (30’)

Concluding Remarks by the Chair (5’)

13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch Break

 13:00 - 14:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg

Lunch break

14:30 - 16:30 | Sixth Panel: A Possible Design of an EU Investment Screening Mechanism

14:30 - 16:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg, Room Europe

Home - CELIS Chair: Joanna Warchol, European Parliament; Policy Advisor; Brussels

Opening remarks by the Chair (5’)

What is a Third Country Investment? (15’)

Home - CELIS Mavluda Sattorova, University of Liverpool, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool

An EU Investment Screening Mechanism and Access to Legal Redress (15’)

Home - CELIS Teoman Hagemeyer, Free University Berlin, Ph.D. Student and Social Welfare Court Berlin, Judge, Berlin

Policy Coherence (1) – What Role for EU Competition Law? (15’)

Home - CELIS Jörg Philipp Terhechte, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Lüneburg

Policy Coherence (2) – What Role for EU Company Law? (15’)

Home - CELIS Thomas Papadopoulos, Lecturer, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

How can EU business concerns be addressed in an EU screening mechanism? (15’)

Home - CELIS Carolina Dackö, Mannheimer Swartling, Partner, Stockholm

General Discussion (35’)

Concluding Remarks by the Chair (5’)

16:30 - 17:00 | Farewell by Organisers

17:00 - 17:30 | Coffee

17:00 - 17:30

Conference Centre Wallenberg


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CELIS Conference participants are invited to organise their accomodation themselves. Accomodation costs are not included in the conference fees and are not covered by the organisers.

Avisita, our conference booking service provider, offers CELIS Conference participants accommodation during the conference days at the Hotel Gothia Towers at a rate of 1490 SEK/night including VAT. Hotel Gothia Towers is located in the city center and it is one of Gothenburg´s most famous hotels. It is easy to get to the Conference Center Wallenberg by tram. It takes you only 6 minutes from the Hotel to the Conference Center. You can make your reservation in the last step of your registration below.


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