14th BIICL Investment Treaty Forum

April 16, 2010

BIICL_Logo The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has announced their next investment treaty forum for 07 May 2010 focused on jurisdictional objections available to respondent states.  Issues that will be considered include:

…important developments in recent cases on jurisdiction by investment treaty tribunals. These developments include illegality (Fraport), fraud (El Salvador) and other instances of an investor’s misconduct. Other topics for consideration will also include piercing the corporate veil (TSA Spectrum), unmeritorious and abusive claims (Phoenix), restrictive dispute resolution provisions (old China and Soviet BITs e.g. Tza Yap Shum and Renta 4) and the ongoing debate about what type of investments should not benefit from treaty protection. The speakers will discuss how and why these restrictions have affected the jurisdiction of tribunals.

Everything you want to know about the event can be found here. Find even more about the BIICL here. They also publish the ICLQ.  I’m not sure what further social validation you need.

The Best Jessup Question

February 23, 2009

I’ve been reflecting on the Jessup regional round here on Saturday morning. The bench I watched, led by Andrew Bruce SC approached the problem from a very pragmatic and practical approach.

As I mentioned in my last post, this years problem shows some very potent defects when investigated from that perspective. I thought it would be worthwhile to post the best question I heard that day on here.

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