DATES: NOV  26 - DEC 7, 2018    
       
TUITION: $3950    
         

 

 

 

 

Overview

The use of investment treaties – including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) - has exploded in recent years. Almost 3000 such treaties are in effect. Foreign investors have used BITs to initiate hundreds of international arbitration disputes against host governments with amounts ranging from a few million to several billion dollars in connection with foreign investments. This seminar teaches participants how to draft, negotiate, and interpret international investment treaties and also how to prevent and resolve disputes arising from them. Additionally, it includes advanced instruction in how and when international arbitration proceedings are initiated against nations that violate international treaties.

Course Outline

Basic Standards for the Treatment of Foreign Investment

  • National laws and regulations
  • Minimum standards under customary international law
  • Background on the history of free trade and other agreements relating to investment
  • Substance of common investor protection clauses, including national treatment, MFN, fair and equitable treatment, transfer of funds and expropriation and nationalization

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

  • Arbitration under various treaties, including ICSID, NAFTA, CAFTA, ECT and UNCITRAL
  • Selection of forum and the arbitrators
  • Alternative forms of dispute resolution
  • Role of the arbitral tribunal and conduct of proceedings
  • Managing the arbitration
  • Sources and choice of applicable law
  • State defenses to investor claims
  • Methods of calculating damages
  • Recognition, enforcement and challenges to an arbitral award

Course Advisors

Ian A. Laird is co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. Ian is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of arbitration by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016.

Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP in Washington, DC. He represents governments in international arbitration matters in a variety of sectors. He was recognized by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016 as a leading practitioner. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Columbia Law Schools, an Editor of Oxford’s InvestmentClaims.com, and a Co-Chair of the Annual Juris Conference in Washington, DC. His publications have been cited by arbitraltribunals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.