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UNIGE-IISD Lunch Series on Investment Disputes

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Investor–state dispute settlement cases have significant public policy implications, including in the areas of health, environmental protection, economic development and taxation.

This lunch series aims to examine the relationship between international investment law cases and sustainable development goals and policies. It was developed by IISD and the Department of Public International Law and International Organisation at the University of Geneva.

We invite international and national policy-makers, academics and students with different backgrounds to explore and discuss selected cases.


  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017


We will discuss Al Warraq v. Indonesia and other cases involving related issues on Thursday September 21, 2017. This unusual ICSID award involved alleged criminal conduct of the claimant during its operation of an investment in Indonesia. On the one hand, the arbitral tribunal found the proceedings at the Indonesian criminal court violated both international and domestic laws. On the other, the tribunal recognized that treaties between the state parties could directly impose international law obligations on a foreign investor.

What does this award mean more generally for situations where an investor brings an investment claim but has been involved in criminal activities or other wrongdoings? How will tribunals likely deal with similar issues in the future? How could states address such situations in future investment treaty practice? Join barrister Mahnaz Malik to discuss.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 
from 12:30 to 13:45

International Environment House (IEH-1)
Conference Room 2
11-13 Chemin des Anémones, Châtelaine

SPEAKER: Mahnaz Malik is a barrister at 20 Essex Street in London specializing in international law and international dispute settlement. She routinely conducts arbitrations for sovereigns and corporations governed by ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and other procedures. She is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and sits on the editorial board of the ICSID Review.


To register or for more information please contact: Fariba DiBenedetto-Achtari fdibenedetto@iisd.org