Call for Contributions


EJRR Mini-Symposium onTTIPLeaks1

  What the TTIP Leaks mean for the ongoing negotiations and future agreement?


Dear Colleagues,


The TTIP leaks provide an unprecedented opportunity, not only to the public but also to academia, to understand and analyse the contrasting positions of the EU and US on several issues. TTIP is set to reshape risk regulation across the Atlantic and also world-wide. Its regulatory outcomes are indeed expected to become the legal and regulatory standards on which the globe trades. This is true not only because of the size of the market created, the internationalization of supply chains, but also as a result of an unexpected “transatlantic effect”.

For instance, the leaked documents indicate that the negotiating parties are discussing the introduction of regulatory impact assessments to study impacts of proposed regulatory measures on transatlantic trade. Additionally, the US has proposed that the party introducing a sanitary or phytosanitary measure should demonstrate that it has considered less trade restrictive alternatives and should explain the choice of the measure chosen. This new rule will likely have important ramifications on the ability of the complainant to bring a successful case challenging the necessity of measures chosen and amounts to an implicit amendment on burden of proof on less trade restrictive alternatives under WTO law. The documents also reveal divisions over the reform of investor-state-arbitration through the introduction of a standing investment court. The question whether the substantive amendments proposed by the EU to the investment provisions on fair and equitable treatment, non-discrimination and compensable expropriation would safeguard more regulatory space in the broader system of international investment law also still demands a detailed analysis.

We are looking to publish a mini-symposium in the second issue of 2016 of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, analyzing these and other issues emanating from the leaked documents and their implications for risk regulation. We are seeking short opinion pieces of up to 3,000 words. We aim to publish at least one comment for each leaked chapter:

Should you be interested, please contact Alexia Herwig and Alberto Alemanno. We would be delighted to receive your contribution ready for peer-review no later than 19 May 2016. Of course, joint contributions among some of you or with other established or emerging scholars are more than welcome. A speedy but thorough peer-review process will be in place.

Best wishes,

Alexia Herwig (University of Antwerp,

Alberto Alemanno (HEC Paris,