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Dr. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa is of counsel in the international arbitration area of Carnelutti Law Firm. He is a dual-qualified attorney-at-law (Spain, Italy), indicated on the list of arbitrators with the London Court of Arbitration and the Belgrade Arbitration Center.

Matteo has served as an arbitrator in commercial disputes and, as counsel and expert, participated in several international arbitration proceedings under different sets of rules (ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID), including investment cases in connection with complex questions of jurisdiction, comparative law, and States’ treaty practice.

His services, including transnational contract negotiation, are requested by leading players in different areas of business, such as trading of raw materials, international quality marks and accreditation processes, crypto-assets, and 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 (2019-2020), Professeur-Chercheur at IESEG School of Management (2016-2019), Permanent Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Lille (2010-2016), and Marie-Curie Research & Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University (2012-2015). Member of various international legal associations (such as ILA, ESIL, IBA, SIEL) and regularly invited to speak at academic events, he has been visiting scholar in prestigious Universities such as Durham (2019), Sydney (2018), Hong Kong (2017), Melbourne (2016), Buenos Aires (2015), and Belgrade (2014). Matteo authored several academic publications delving on issues of international economic law, public international law, and international dispute settlement, including a recent monograph on China’s treaty policy & practice in international investment law & arbitration.

Ph.D. magna cum laude in International Law (Geneva & Bocconi, 2014), LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS, 2009), and M.Sc. in Law (Bocconi, 2007), Matteo has full professional command of English, Spanish, and French in addition to native Italian; he also speaks conversational Serbo-Croatian and has a basic knowledge of Greek and Russian.

  • 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.

Globalization and digitalization: interconnections between taxation, trade, and investment

June 17, 2021

On Thursday, Jun. 17h, Dr. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa, head of the international business law & arbitration practice, will act 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.

Registration link: https://fd24.formdesk.com/universiteitleiden/registration-trade-tax-investment/ 


International Economic Law and Policy Working Group Event

June 7, 2021
Next Tuesday, 8th June at 11.00 CEST, G. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa, Ph.D., LL.M. will present his insights regarding investments in China during the International Economic Law and Policy Working Group Event. How does this Country approach to foreign investment and its protection evolved? What are the peculiarities of the Chinese model BITs and the relevant #jurisprudence? Is EU-China CAI the future of investment treaties? Matteo and EUI International Economic Law and Policy Working Group (IELP WG) will discuss together with Professor Jurgen Kurtz, celebrating the recent book by Matteo, 'China's Treaty Policy and Practice in International Investment Law and Arbitration' (Brill Nijhoff, Apr. 2021). Click here for further information. Register for the free event through the link: https://lnkd.in/dz_rGvn

SIDRA WEBINAR CHINA'S INVESTMENT TREATY POLICY AND PRACTICE: ARBITRATION CLAUSES LIMITED TO COMPENSATION DUE TO EXPROPRIATION

June 1, 2021
On June 3rd Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa will be 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, will provide 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, will provide 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, acts as moderator. Register for the webinar here!

China’s Treaty Policy and Practice in International Investment Law and Arbitration

April 26, 2021
Today, Matteo Vaccaro Incisa’s comparative and analytical monograph on “China’s Treaty Policy and Practice in International Investment Law and Arbitration” has been 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.

EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context

March 8, 2021
On March 8th Matteo Vaccaro Incisa will be one of the keynote speaker at the Zoom webinar “EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context” with an intervention titled “Arbitration Clauses Limited to Compensation due to Expropriation”.

Melbourne University Law School, Seminar

August 30, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa spoke at the seminar at the Melbourne University Law School, entiteld: Reforming ISDS: a question of law or of extent of integration in world's trade and investment flows?

EUCROSS Conference

July 14, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa spoke at the seminar at the Leuven University & Chinese University of Hong Kong (EUCROSS conference), on The EU investment court and UNCITRAL’s attempt to reform ISDS: a rocky path, and a fresh proposal.  

Speaking at the ICC YAF meeting in Frankfurt (DE)

January 25, 2018
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was invited to speak at the Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF) of Paris’ International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organized by Noerr LLP in Frankfurt themed: “Farewell 2017 - The Year in Review". Tasked with reviewing international investment arbitration, Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa will focus in particular on the jurisdictional decisions rendered by six tribunals in the proceedings brought by Ukrainian investors against Russia under the 1998 Russia-Ukraine BIT in connections with their investments in Crimea.

Speaking at CUHK’s Asia FDI Forum III (Hong Kong)

May 12, 2017
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was invited to speak at the edition of the renowned Asia FDI Forum, hosted by Professor Julian Chaisse and prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong, this year focusing on the topic: “China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance?”. Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa will speak on “China, the US and the EU: closer than ever to uniform standards on international investment law?”. Conference website and program may be found here. The Forum took place just before China’s “Belt & Road Forum”, organized on May 14-15 in Beijing. The two fora see the exchange of several participants.

Speaking at the Asian International Economic Law Network Conference (Xiamen, PRC)

January 16, 2017
Prof. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa was invited at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network, hosted at the Law School of prestigious Xiamen University (Fujian) on 15-17 June 2017,under the eminent organizing auspices of Prof. Junji Nakagawa (Tokyo University; to the right in the picture) and Prof. Huaqun Zeng (Xiamen University; to the left in the picture). Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa presented his research on: ‘The case of China and ASEAN practice on objective criteria and ratione legis condition in the definition of investment‘. Participation to this academic gathering was particularly significant, as attended by several key experts in the field on International Economic Law in East and Southeast Asia. For the conference program: Program(Ver.3)(210517)-2

China’s treaty policy & practice in international investment law & arbitration

April 26, 2021
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 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. For further information click here.

Contribution in 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.

Academia.edu | Publications by Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa

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

Post on the European Journal of International Law ‘Talk!’ page 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.

Article on Crimea’s change of effective sovereign published on the Santa Clara Journal of International Law

April 10, 2017
The last issue of the Santa Clara Journal of International Law (Issue 2, Volume 15) features an article authored by Prof. Vaccaro-Incisa on “Crimea’s Secession from Ukraine and Accession to the Russian Federation as an Instance of North(- West) v. South(-East) Divide in the Understanding of International Law“. The article can be freely accessed and downloaded here. The article attempts to offer an interpretation of the existing international law aimed at reconciling seemingly known facts with the non-concurrence of about half of the members of the United Nations to the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution on the “Territorial integrity of Ukraine” (GA Res. 68/262, adopted on Mar. 27th, 2014). A preliminary draft of the article was presented at the opening session of the 2015  ESIL annual research forum (14-15 May 2015, European University Institute, Florence) and an advanced draft presented at the roundtable on Humanitarism and the Transformation of International Law (4-5 Aug. 2016, Melbourne Law School). Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa wishes to express his gratitude to Prof. Makane M. Mbengue (Geneva), Prof. Marko Milanovic (Nottingham) and Prof. Ana S. Trbovic (Belgrade) for their helpful comments and critics. He wishes to thank also Mr. Piero Gregori and Ms. Nancy Hiag, for their editing assistance.

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