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International Investment Law and Arbitration


This course provides students with a general overview of the fundamental principles of international investment law, i.e. the international standards for the protection of investments and the contemporary investment law regime composed of international contracts and bilateral and multilateral investment agreements. It will then focus on the available dispute resolution mechanisms in this field, notably the access of foreign investors to international arbitration against the host State. Specific attention will be given to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which administers the majority of investment arbitrations. Investment arbitration, having much in common with public international law, as well as international commercial arbitration, builds further on the two courses on these specific subjects, and aims in essence, through contrast and comparison, explain the specific features of investment treaty arbitration.


  • The development and Sources of Contemporary Investment Law

  • Investment Contracts, Investment Treaties and Standards of Treatment

  • Investment Treaty Arbitration

Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.