USCIB Extols Importance of Investor-State Rules

Shaun Donnelly (center) at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
Shaun Donnelly (center) at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

USCIB’s Shaun Donnelly, vice president for investment and financial services, took the U.S. trade agenda to Spain last week, advocating for the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and debunking myths about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

Donnelly spoke with business and university groups about the U.S.-EU trade deal and especially about ISDS, which remains controversial in Europe, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the Consulate General in Barcelona. He gave the keynote at an all-day conference on May 27 on “TTIP Negotiations: Caught Between Myth and Reality” hosted by leading Spanish think tank CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs).

On May 28, Donnelly traveled to Madrid where he spoke at the U.S.-Spain Council‎, the IE Business School, the Foundation for Research in Law and Business, and at a young entrepreneurs association. He also did a radio interview for the U.S. Embassy’s website.

Donnelly, a retired State Department economic officer, former ambassador, and former USTR trade negotiator, has done five TTIP and ISDS public-speaking tours around Europe for the State Department and U.S. embassies over the last 18 months.

Also last week, the European Union Parliament’s trade committee backed a resolution in support of TTIP, including a provision on ISDS.

Staff Contact:   Shaun Donnelly

VP, Investment and Financial Services
Tel: 202.682.1221

Shaun Donnelly oversees USCIB’s work on foreign investment policy, treatment of multinational enterprises, financial services and anti-corruption. A career diplomat who has held several senior executive branch posts and joined USCIB in 2011, Donnelly leads business efforts to open markets abroad for American investment and financial services, and to promote high standards of protection for cross-border investment, both in the United States and overseas.
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