International Investment Law (LAWS6916)


This unit introduces students to the international regulation of foreign investment. It examines core principles of international investment law, regional and bilateral investment treaties, the settlement of investment disputes, and the international economic and political context in which the law has developed. The unit considers the origins and evolution of international investment law through to the recent formation of the current international legal framework for foreign investment through bilateral and regional investment treaties. It examines the substantive principles contained within investment treaties and recent arbitral awards, and considers controversial issues surrounding investor-state arbitration. It examines the procedural framework for investment arbitration under the auspices of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the UNCITRAL Rules. This unit also considers the increased focus on investor responsibility in relation to environmental protection, human rights, development issues, and labour standards. As such, it examines the collapse of the negotiations for the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, corporate social and environmental responsibility, calls for an international regulatory framework to govern the conduct of multinational corporations, and new proposals for an International Agreement on Investment for Sustainable Development.

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May 13, 14 & 20, 21 (9-5)


5000wd essay (50%) and assignment (50%)

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