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28th December 2020
General Development

Council Decision on Members of the EU-UK Arbitration Panel

Today, official publication has been made of Council Decision 2020/2232 on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the EU-UK Joint Committee established by the Withdrawal Agreement as regards the adoption of a decision establishing a list of 25 persons who are willing and able to serve as members of an Arbitration Panel under the Agreement and on a reserve list of persons who are willing and able to serve as EU members of an Arbitration Panel under the Agreement.

Under Article 171 of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Joint Committee is to establish, no later than by the end of the transition period, a list of 25 persons who are willing and able to serve as members of an arbitration panel. The list is to only comprise persons whose independence is beyond doubt, who possess the qualifications required for appointment to the highest judicial office in their respective countries or who are jurisconsults of recognised competence, and who possess specialised knowledge or experience of EU law and public international law. The list is not to comprise persons who are members, officials or other servants of the EU institutions, of the government of a Member State, or of the government of the UK.

Adopted on 22 December, Council Decision 2020/2232 endorses the proposal contained in the Joint Committee’s draft Decision of last week. The approved list contains five persons for the position of chairperson of the arbitration panel (jointly proposed by the EU and the UK), and 20 persons for the position of member of the arbitration panel (10 proposed by the EU and 10 by the UK).

Chairpersons for the Withdrawal Agreement Arbitration Panel

  • Ms Corinna WISSELS
  • Ms Angelika Helene Anna NUSSBERGER
  • Mr Jan KLUCKA
  • Sir Daniel BETHLEHEM
  • Ms Gabrielle KAUFMANN-KOHLER

Ordinary members for the Withdrawal Agreement Arbitration Panel, EU:

  • Mr Hubert LEGAL
  • Ms Helena JÄDERBLOM
  • Ms Ursula KRIEBAUM
  • Mr Jan WOUTERS
  • Mr Christoph Walter HERRMANN
  • Mr Javier DIEZ-HOCHLEITNER
  • Ms Alice GUIMARAES-PUROKOSKI
  • Mr Barry DOHERTY
  • Ms Tamara Ćapeta
  • Mr Nico SCHRIJVER

Ordinary members for the Withdrawal Agreement Arbitration Panel, UK:

  • Sir Gerald BARLING
  • Sir Christopher BELLAMY
  • Mr Zachary DOUGLAS
  • Sir Patrick ELIAS
  • Dame Elizabeth GLOSTER
  • Sir Peter GROSS
  • Mr Toby LANDAU QC
  • Mr Dan SAROOSHI QC
  • Ms Jemima STRATFORD QC
  • Sir Michael WOOD

This Council Decision further establishes a reserve pool of experts who are willing and able to serve as arbitrators under the Withdrawal Agreement and who can be proposed by the EU in the future in order to fill vacancies in the list of 25 persons from the EU’s side:

  • Mr Myron NICOLATOS
  • Mr Ezio PERILLO
  • Mr Vilenas VADAPALAS
  • Mr Andreas MÜLLER
  • Mr Pierre d’ARGENT
  • Mr Radostin Georgiev PETROV
  • Mr Costas CLERIDES
  • Mr Antonin MOKRY
  • Mr Carri GINTER
  • Mr Nikolaos MARKOPOULOS
  • Mr Jukka SNELL
  • Mr János MARTONYI
  • Ms Alessandra PIETROBON
  • Mr Ignas VEGELE
  • Ms Anita KOVALEVSKA
  • Mr Kaj I. HOBER
  • Mr Matej AVBELJ

Council Decision 2020/2232 is available here.

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