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LS551D: INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT ARBITRATION IN THE ENERGY SECTOR (DISTANCE LEARNING) (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:38


Course Overview

The complex interaction between investment protection and the sovereign right of states to regulate has been most acute in the energy sector. On the one hand, investors require strong guarantees that states will respect the “rules of the game” that constitute the basis of their investments. On the other, states can be tempted to interfere with foreign energy investments because of their particular strategic and social importance. This course aims to analyse if existing investment disciplines are adapted to the specific regulatory risks that investors face in the energy landscape of the 21st Century.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Anatole Boute

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme Diploma in International Arbitration (Studied)
  • 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

The rapid increase in the number of arbitral awards in recent years has highlighted the challenge for host states of creating an attractive investment climate and at the same time safeguarding sufficient regulatory space to pursue public policy objectives. The complex interaction between foreign investment protection and the regulatory sovereignty of states has been most acute in the energy sector. Energy investments are capital intensive and characterized with a long-term pay-back period. Investors therefore require strong guarantees that states will respect the “rules of the game” that constitute the basis of their investments. On the other hand, states are tempted to interfere with foreign energy investments because of their particular strategic and social importance. The purpose of this course is to explore the complex interaction between foreign investment protection and states’ regulatory sovereignty in international investment arbitration cases concerning the energy sector. This course aims to analyse if existing investment protection standards are adapted to the specific regulatory and political risks that investors face in the energy landscape of the 21st Century.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Any Postgraduate Programme Diploma in International Arbitration

Contact Teaching Time

Sorry, we don't have that information available.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

50% 3 hour examination and 50% individual 4000 word essay. Resit: 1 three hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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