UNIGE-IISD Lunch Series on Investment Disputes: International Investment and the Clean Energy Transition

This lunch series aims to examine the relationship between international investment law cases and sustainabled development goals and policies.

March 22, 2017 8:00 pm

Uni Mail, 40 bd du Pont-d’Arve, Geneva, Room M5050

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 Organisations 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, 23 March 2017 @ 12.30-13.45
(with sandwiches served starting at 12.00)

The transition to renewable energy sources is of high priority for many countries, but like with any transition, not everything always runs smoothly, and disputes occur. In Europe, there are several investment arbitration cases ongoing relating renewables. What do they mean for the clean energy transition? How can states better structure and use feed-in tariffs? What do the cases mean for industrial policy and governmental policy space? Join Aaron Cosbey to discuss Charanne BV v Spain; VC Holding v Italy; and others.

Speaker: Aaron Cosbey is a development economist with 25 years of experience in the areas of trade, investment and sustainable development. His work cuts across trade and investment law and policy, energy and climate change, subsidies and green industrial policy.

Read his commentary on the topic 

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Further UNIGE-IISD lunch series in 2017:

  • Thursday, 4 May
  • Thursday, 22 June
  • Thursday, 21 September
  • Thursday, 19 October

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