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LS503F: INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT ARBITRATION (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course studies the procedural issues arising from investor-state arbitration under international investment agreements. The course will consider the historical evolution of international investment agreements and the modern concerns of new forms of these type of instruments. The course will discuss the different aspects of the investor-state arbitration process, starting from the differences between commercial and treaty disputes, studying the notion of sovereign immunity and the understanding of the procedural issues that often arise, such as transparency, the role of amicus curiae and enforcement of international investment awards.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Gloria Alvarez

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Under international law, international investment agreements are the instruments that offer the legal ground for foreign investments. On one hand, states have the possibility to set out the conditions in which they expect to host the investment. On the other, foreign investors seeking to invest in another country relay in the substantive protections offered in these international investment agreements. 

The aim of this module to study the procedural issues arising from dipsutes under these international investment agreements in particular in the the process of investor-state arbitration. The course will consider the historial evolution of international investment agreements and the modern concerns new forms of these type of instruments. The course will discuss the different aspects of the investor-state arbitration process, starting from the differences between commercial and treaty disputes, studying the notion of sovereign inmunity and the understanding of the procedural issues that often arise, such as the role of amicus curiae and enforcement of investment awards. 


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 3 discussion boards (34%, 33% and 33% respectively).

Resit: Oral exam directed at those learning outcome not previously achieved.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Students will be provided with feedback following each discussion board contribution.  As well as short videos explaining the marking and assessment criteria.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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