The Conseil d’État upholds the refusal to enforce the Ryanair vs. Syndicat mixte des aéroports de Charente awards due to the prohibition on French public legal entities to enter into arbitration agreements, unless specifically authorised by law or treaty.

In its ruling dated 17 October 2023, the Conseil d’État dismissed the appeal lodged by Ryanair and Airport Marketing Services (the “Appellants”) against the decision of the Bordeaux Administrative Court of Appeal of 29 March 20221. The Appellants were seeking the annulment of the Poitiers Administrative Court’s ruling of 15 December 2020, which had rejected […]

France is no longer a party to the Energy Charter Treaty

On 8 December 2023, France ceased to be a party to the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”), an international investment agreement specific to the energy sector. As a reminder, France notified its withdrawal from the ECT on 7 December 2022.  This withdrawal was motivated by two criticisms: On the one hand, the ECT hinders the transition […]