UNIGE-IISD Lunch Series on Investment Disputes
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.
2018 LUNCHEON DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON
Most Recent Luncheon:
Public Health and International Economic Law: Alcohol Labeling, Obesity Prevention Laws and Beyond
On Monday, July 2, 2018, we hosted a lunch discussion examining whether various government measures to protect public health may run counter to international trade and investment agreements. We explored and discussed the following questions:
- What would be the legal bases for these challenges?
- What do these rules mean for governments' policy space?
- How will this affect progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
Andrew Mitchell, Professor at Melbourne Law School, led the debate and discussion on the impact of international economic law on public health.
PAST LUNCH EVENT TOPICS:
- Implementing the OECD BEPS Action Items: Bogdanova v. Moldova, Enron v. Argentina
- International Investment Law and the Clean Energy Transition
- International Investment Law and Human Rights: Urbaser v. Argentina
- Trade, Investment Law and Public Health: The Phillip Morris Saga
- Investment Arbitration and Criminal Conduct: Al Warraq v. Indonesia
To register or for more information please contact: Fariba DiBenedetto-Achtari firstname.lastname@example.org
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Can Investor-State Dispute Settlement Be Good for the Environment?Renewable energy investors have been using investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms to fight cuts to subsidies in Europe, but this short-term gain may hinder states in their broader pursuit of environmental objectives like addressing climate change and pollution. Read More