What about Norway?
Doctoral Research Fellow Tarald Laudal Berge and professor Malcolm Langford comment on the negotiations over how to reform investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) that took place under the auspices of the United Nations in Vienna last week. Almost 100 states were present to discuss the need to establish a new system for resolving disputes between multinational corporations and states.
In an op-ed, published in the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, the authors are asking: Why wasn't Norway represented in Vienna?
The European Commission, almost all the EU member states, the US, the biggest countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa were represented. Sweden, Finland and Denmark were represented. The EFTA-countries Iceland and Switzerland were represented. Researchers from the University of Oslo were participating as observers. The absence of one country however, was glaring: Norway.
The authors higlights the polarized debate about the legal protection of multinational companies as one of the main reason why Norway was not represented in Vienna, and discuss why it would be important for Norway to take part in these negotiations sooner rather than later.
Read the full comment in Dagens Næringsliv (in Norwegian).