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Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa, Ph.D. (Geneva & Bocconi), LL.M. (MIDS), dual-qualified attorney-at-law (Spain, Italy), academic; since May 2021, head of the international law & dispute settlement area at Carnelutti Law Firm.

Included in the original list of arbitrators and experts for bilateral disputes under EU trade agreements, he is also indicated on the lists with the arbitration courts of, e.g., London (LCIA), Madrid (CIAM), and Belgrade (BAC). He has served as an arbitrator in commercial disputes and, as counsel and expert, he participated in several international arbitration proceedings under different sets of rules (e.g., UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC), including investment cases in connection with complex questions of jurisdiction, comparative law, and States’ treaty practice.

His services in international contract negotiation and dispute settlement are requested by leading players in different areas of business, such as steel and raw materials, international quality marks and accreditation processes, crypto-assets, or world-record engineering projects.

Notably, to the practice of law Matteo combines a distinguished academic profile. He has been a Jean Monnet Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, 2019-2020), Professeur-Chercheur at the Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (Paris, 2016-2019), Marie-Curie Research & Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University (Milan, 2012-2015), and Permanent Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Lille (Lille, 2010-2016). He has also been visiting scholar at Durham (2019), Sydney (2018), Hong Kong (2017), Melbourne (2016), Buenos Aires (2015), Belgrade (2014).

His academic publication record delves on issues of international economic law, public international law, and international dispute settlement, including a monograph on China’s treaty policy & practice in international investment law & arbitration (Brill-Nijhoff, 2021). He has also taught techniques & ethics of legal writing and oral advocacy for international courts and tribunals, including to the Italian, French, and Swiss representatives participating in international law moot courts (Jessup, Telders, FIAMC, Vis).

Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, in addition to native Italian; he also speaks conversational Serbo-Croatian and has a basic knowledge of Greek and Russian.

 

  • Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa featured in the original list of arbitrators and TSD experts for EU FTAs: https://policy.trade.ec.europa.eu/enforcement-and-protection/dispute-settlement_en
  • Assisting a leading international raw material trading firm in the negotiations for a framework association agreement with a large steel producer located in Europe.
  • Assisting a leading service firm operating in the field of accreditation of education titles in the European Higher Education Area in its legal dealings with States and private clients.
  • Appointed sole arbitrator in institutional proceedings for the settlement of a dispute related to property aspects of an international M&A operation.
  • Assisting an Italian firm in the negotiation of a complex engineering service contract as part of an innovative world-record construction project in Southeast Asia.
  • Advising an Italian radio broadcaster against a Slovenian radio broadcaster in a dispute over cross-border interferences.
  • Advising a U.S. investor in the dispute resolution process related to a construction project of a Southeast Asian joint venture in Eastern Europe.
  • Assisting a renowned arbitrator in the jurisdictional phase of an investment arbitration, involving questions of analysis and interpretation of the treaty practice of the Italian Republic.
  • Assisting a renowned arbitrator in the jurisdictional phase of an investment arbitration, over the analysis and interpretation of equally authoritative yet apparently inconsistent treaty texts.
  • Advising a Latin American State on the validity of a multi-million award, with a view to initiate set aside proceedings.

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa presenting his latest publication on the China-EU Agreement on Investment at the European-China Law Studies Association annual conference

September 22, 2022
On September 22, in the framework of the annual conference of the European-China Law Studies Association (ECLS), Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa will present the key findings of his latest research, co-authored with Wojciech Giemza, on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. More information is available here.

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa speaking at the annual roundtable of international economic law experts of the European Society of International Law

July 31, 2022
On August 31, 2022, in the framework of the annual conference of the European Society of International Law, Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa will participate in the roundtable of experts of international economic law, speaking of the role and participation of civil society in the formulation of international economic law agreements.

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa in the original list of arbitrators and TSD experts

June 23, 2022
On June 23, Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa was included in the original lists of arbitrators and trade and sustainable development (TSD) experts in bilateral disputes under the EU’s trade agreements with third countries. The full list of individuals that were found suitable for appointment is published on the EU Commission’s official website (at the two link, section “Candidates for dispute settlement activities”: https://policy.trade.ec.europa.eu/enforcement-and-protection/dispute-settlement_en Carnelutti Law Firm wishes to congratulate Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa on this very significant recognition of his expertise.

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa speaking at the 80th biennial conference of the International Law Association

June 23, 2022
On Thursday, June 23, Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa participated in the 80th biennial conference of the International Law Association, held in Lisbon and pivoting around the theme “International Law: our common good”. Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa was invited to speak on “Future generations and international law: challenging ‘universal’ assumptions in a multi-polar world”. Building on his previous research, he illustrated specific characteristics and consequences flowing from the different approaches toward international law that States display in the face of major events, including in international trade and investment.

Carnelutti Law Firm and Jus Mundi co-hosting a hybrid roundtable on ‘latest developments in investment arbitration: regional perspectives

November 22, 2021
On Monday, November 22, 2022, the hybrid webinar co-hosted by Carnelutti Law Firm and JusMundi featured as speakers: Ndanga Kamau (Kamau Law & ICC Vice-President) on East Africa ; Eduardo Silva Romero (Dechert) on Latin America ; Wesley Pydiamah (Eversheds) on West Africa ; Athina Papaefstratiou-Fouchard (Eversheds) on the EU ; Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa (Carnelutti) on China. The event was free of charge but registration was required.  

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa speaking at the World Arbitration Update 2021

October 13, 2021
In the framework of the event’s panel on 'China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Dispute Resolution Options and Risk Mitigation’, Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa will present key features of the BRI, including dispute settlement mechanisms. The panel is moderated by Professor Julien Chaisse, and other speakers include Jeanne Huang, Helena Cheng, Mariel Dimsey, and Daniel Alef.  

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa speaking at the annual conference of the European-China Law Studies Association

September 24, 2021

The Polish Research Center for Law and Economy of China and the University of Warsaw School of Law and Economy of China will host the annual conference of the European Association of Chinese Law Firms (ECLS). Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa will be speaking about "China and the arbitration reform on international investments: tablemate, chef or host?" at the panel devoted to "Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Conflict of Laws". Click here for the full conference program.


Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa discussant for EU Advocate General Kokott

June 17, 2021

On Thursday, 17 June 2021,  Dr. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa, head of the international business law & arbitration practice, acted as Lead Discussant to the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Prof. Juliane Kokott, speaking on "The Settlement of Tax Treaty Disputes by the European Court of Justice", at a workshop organized by the Leiden University on “Globalization and digitalization: interconnections between taxation, trade, and investment".


Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa presenting his monograph on China and investment law & arbitration at the European University Institute

June 7, 2021
On Tuesday, 8 June 2021 at 11.00 am CEST, Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa discussed with Professor Jurgen Kurtz selected finding from his recently published monograph on China’s treaty policy & practice in international investment law & arbitration at the International Economic Law and Policy Working Group of the European University Institute.

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa keynote speaker for the webinar of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy

June 3, 2021
On 3 June 2021,  Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was the keynote speaker during the webinar organized by  The Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) BRI Program on China’s Investment Treaty Policy and Practice: Arbitration Clauses limited to Compensation due to Expropriation. In this webinar, Dr. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa, counsel at Carnelutti Law Firm, provided an in-depth examination of arbitration clauses limited to compensation due to expropriation in China’s investment treaties, and explore the limitations of such clauses. In doing so, he will compare and evaluate relevant case law, including court decisions from Singapore, Stockholm, and London. Jonathan Lim, counsel at WilmerHale, provided commentary from a practitioner perspective, as an experienced counsel in both commercial and investment arbitrations across common law and civil law jurisdictions. Allison Goh, research associate at SIDRA, acted as moderator.  

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa speaking at the Queen Mary / London – City University / HK event on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

March 8, 2021
On March 8, Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa will be speaking at the webinar on “EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context”, jointly organized by Queen Mary University of London and City University of Hong Kong, focusing on dispute settlement mechanisms available to Chinese and EU investors in the context of foreign investment.

King’s College London publishes Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa’s review of annulment grounds at ICSID v Cour de Cassation

October 10, 2022
May 2019 - The comparative review takes a closer look at the grounds of annulment of lower court decisions existing in civil law systems that feature a Cour de Cassation, such as France and Italy, and contrast them with those established in the ICSID Convention for the annulment of investment awards. Reference is made to the Convention’s drafting history, and the interplay between civil law and common law interpreters of these grounds. The article also covers the possible role that the Judges of the International Court of Justice could play, in the context of the reform of the investor-State dispute settlement system, currently pivoting on arbitration but challenged by some actors, chiefly the EU, which aims at the establishment of an ad hoc permanent international court. The article is open access and may be found here.

Matteo Vaccaro Incisa’s comparative and analytical monograph on “China’s Treaty Policy and Practice in International Investment Law and Arbitration”

October 5, 2022
Matteo Vaccaro Incisa’s comparative and analytical monograph on “China’s Treaty Policy and Practice in International Investment Law and Arbitration” was published in Brill Nijhoff’s prestigious International Investment Law series. In this in-depth research, Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa offers the most comprehensive and detailed account of China’s Treaty Policy and Practice in International Investment Law published to date. By analytically surveying several key provisions (including ISDS, expropriation, MFN, NT, FET, FPS) of 120 International Investment Agreements concluded by China, and their evolution over the time (and comparing them with the relevant formulations employed by other key players), this work innovatively manages to draw an objective assessment of China’s treaty practice in this field. This research represents an essential tool for both academics and practitioners involved with international investment law and arbitration, in particular but not limited to China. The monograph is the “crown jewel” of Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa’s “Chinese trilogy”, which includes also two pieces that expand on selected topics: For further information click here.

Analysis on the China-EU Investment Agreement co-authored by Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa published on the Journal of World Investment & Trade

September 13, 2022
Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa co-authored with Wojciech Giemza (EUI) an article on ‘Economic integration via investment agreements: the focus on market access of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) vis-à-vis the current Bilateral Investment Treaties between China and individual EU Member States’, recently published on the last special issue of the Journal of World Investment & Trade, dedicated to the CAI. More information on this piece of academic analysis publication can be accessed here.

Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa authors a chapter of the Handbook of International Investment Law & Policy

March 10, 2020
Our international arbitration counsel Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa's analysis of investor-State arbitration clauses limited to compensation due to expropriation was recently published in the prestigious Handbook of International Investment Law & Policy edited by Professor Julien Chaisse (City University of Hong Kong) and published by Springer.

Academic publications by Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa

May 18, 2018
Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa's most recent publications can be found at this link. Please go and check them out!  

The European Journal of International Law ‘Talk!’ published a note of Dr. Vaccaro-Incisa on Crimean investment arbitration proceedings

May 9, 2018
The "Talk" page of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL), directed by Prof. Marko Milanovic (Nottingham University), published a post of Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa briefly commenting on certain aspects of the recent jurisdictional decisions in the investment arbitration proceedings pitting Ukrainian investors against Russia for their investments made in Crimea prior to the ‘change of effective sovereign’ the peninsula went through in February-March 2014. The short analysis follows on April 2017 publication of Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa on the public international law issue of Crimea’s change of sovereign, and January 2018 speaking engagement at ICC YAF Frankfurt on the review of year 2017 of developments in investment law and arbitration.

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