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    Apr 16, 2024  
2014-2015 School of Law Bulletin 
2014-2015 School of Law Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

LAW 9328 - International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement

The legal environment for international trade and foreign investment has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War. International trade and investment dispute resolution, in particular through international arbitration and other non‑judicial dispute settlement mechanisms, has become increasingly common. Foreign investors are much more willing to pursue claims against host State, (e.g., for alleged expropriation or discriminatory behaviour). Further, public international law principles must also be considered once a state is involved. Principles will be addressed such as state responsibility, expropriation and acts tantamount to expropriation, what comprises fair and just compensation, immunity from suit and immunity from execution. These public international law principles overlap somewhat uncomfortably with the commercial interests of foreign investors. Developments in investment arbitration and trade dispute resolution have been rapid in recent years. It is now crucial that academics and legal practitioners be aware of the complex international legal elements involved in the resolution of investment and trade disputes.

This is unique course combining International Trade and International Investment Treaty Disputes and is attractive to students interested in public international law and international arbitration. Teaching will vary between interactive lectures encouraging student participation, traditional lectures, case studies, and seminars. Student presentations may also be required. (London Study Abroad Program)

J‑Term or Summer Only Course

Credits: 2 Credits