EU approves Regulation 1219/2012 on existing BITs between EU Member States and Third Countries, by José Ángel Rueda

On 20 December 2012 the Official Journal of the EU published Regulation No. 1219/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2012 establishing transitional arrangements for bilateral investment agreements between Member States and third countries:    

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Spain and Haiti sign a BIT, by José Ángel Rueda

On 17 November 2012 Spain and Haiti signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty during the Ibero-American Summit meeting hosted by Spain in Cadix (in Spanish only):

So far we have been unable to obtain the text of this BIT from any Spanish authority as they allege that it has not yet entered into force. Nonetheless, the press release issued by the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation labels its content as ‘habitual’ so we can imagine the kind of provisions included in it.

We would be very happy to receive its text if someone interested in this topic manages to obtain it either from Spanish or Haitian officials.

* José Ángel Rueda; Managing Editor, Blogaila

Sao Tome and Principe accedes to the New York Convention, by José Ángel Rueda*

According to UNCITRAL’s website, São Tomé and Príncipe has deposited its instrument of accession to the New York Convention. It will enter into force for this country on 18 February 2013 (see

We would be pleased to receive more information about the procedure that led the Government to take this decision. In addition, we would welcome general comments about the impact of this accession on commercial transactions involving São Tomean parties.

*José Angel Rueda, Ph.D; associate, Uría Menéndez, Madrid; Managing Editor, Blogaila