LAWS6916 - International Investment Law


  • Examine the 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.
  • Consider 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.
  • Examine the substantive principles contained within investment treaties and recent arbitral awards.


Procedural framework for investment arbitration under the auspices of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the UNCITRAL Rules; investor responsibility in relation to environmental protection, human rights, development issues, and labour standards; 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.


Semester 1 Intensive
22 March & 4, 5, 8 April 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x 5,000 Word Essay (50%)
  • 1 x Assignment (50%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Law and International Development | Master of Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Business Law | Master of International Business and Law