Resources and Events

Resources

International Investment and Competition Law

By Katia Fach Gómez, Anastasios Gourgourinis, and Catharine Titi (Eds.), published by Springer, 2020

This is a special issue of the European Yearbook on International Economic Law. It examines the interaction between international investment law and competition law. The book discusses free trade agreements; investors’ anti-competitive behaviour and illegal investments; state aid schemes and foreign investors’ legitimate expectations; EU member states’ compliance with investment awards as (illegal) state aid under EU law; state-owned enterprises and competitive neutrality; and interactions between public procurement, investment, and competition law.

Available at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-33916-6#about

Indigenous Peoples and International Trade: Building equitable and inclusive international trade and investment agreements

By Jon Burrows and Risa Schwartz, published by Cambridge University Press, June 2020

This book examines the participation of Indigenous Peoples in international trade and investment and the development of law in these areas. It includes chapters on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and investment law, trade, intellectual property rights protection, and the environment.

Available at https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/indigenous-peoples-and-international-trade/C5BC73A244A6460E985F300DEF434B3A

Investment Trends Monitor Special Issue (March 2020)

UNCTAD’s Investment Trends Monitor special issue on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global value chains and FDI.

Available at https://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/diaeiainf2020d3_en.pdf

Investment Policy Monitor Special Issue (May 2020)

UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Monitor special issue on the investment policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Available at https://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/diaepcbinf2020d3_en.pdf

International Protection of Investments: The substantive standards

By August Reinisch and Christoph Schreuer, published by Cambridge University Press, July 2020

This book outlines the common protection standards contained in international investment agreements and their application and interpretation by investment tribunals. It includes discussion of expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, full protection and security, the non-discrimination standards of national treatment and MFN, the prohibition of unreasonable and discriminatory measures, umbrella clauses, and transfer guarantees.

Available at https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/international-protection-of-investments/E05A3AA19C18103AA3C74EF5437086A9

Adjudicating Trade and Investment Disputes: Convergence or divergence?

Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi, Daniel Behn, and Malcolm Langford, published by Cambridge University Press, June 2020

This book contributes to the debate on the fragmentation of international law and examines the possible convergence of international trade and investment law, with a focus on dispute settlement. It includes chapters on investment chapters in PTAs; the EU investment court system and similarities to the WTO; and dispute adjudicators, among other topics.

Available at https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/adjudicating-trade-and-investment-disputes/174DB8CDF54038C161AD7527F816CA14

UNCITRAL Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in Investor–State Dispute Settlement

Draft with annotations.

Available at https://uncitral.un.org/en/codeofconduct

UNCITRAL Working Group III Webinars

Webinar topics include the establishment of an advisory centre; multilateral instrument on ISDS reform; treaty parties’ involvement and control mechanisms on treaty interpretation; and mediation.

Videos are available here. https://uncitral.un.org/en/advisorycentrewebinar

Africa Arbitration Academy Protocol on Virtual Hearings in Africa 2020

The Africa Arbitration Academy has just launched its Protocol on Virtual Hearings in Africa. The Protocol, in the main, details recommendations on virtual hearings and takes into account the specific challenges and circumstances that may arise in relation to remote hearings in Africa.

Available at https://www.africaarbitrationacademy.org/protocol-virtual-hearings/


Events

June 17

2020 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct: Access to Remedy, OECD (Virtual). https://oecd-events.org/oecd-forum-rbc%20

June 24

An Interview with UNCITRAL Secretary Anna Joubin-Bret – 17th ITA–ASIL Conference, Virtual Event, 1 to 3 pm EST. https://www.cailaw.org/Institute-for-Transnational-Arbitration/Events/2020/ita-asil-c.html

July 23–24

International Arbitration Moot Competition, Lagos Court of Arbitration-Young Arbitrators Association. https://afaa.ngo/event-3777526