Here is the abstract:
Settling international disputes is a cultural and legal challenge. The first barrier that needs to be overcome is that of language. Parties, lawyers, and arbitrators frequently speak different languages or do not have the same level of proficiency in the same idiom. Determining what language or languages shall be used in international arbitration is decisive on three dimensions: party equality, the composition of the arbitral tribunal, and the interaction with national courts. This article examines several tools that disputing parties can adopt in order to overcome the problems stemming from linguistic diversity in international arbitration.
My article titled ‘The Role of Investment Arbitration in Water Services Governance‘, has just been published (advance access) in the journal Water Policy.
Here is the abstract:
The flux of foreign investment into the water industry that took place over recent decades had a significant impact on the relationship between water companies and states. The creation of a global network of international investment agreements also altered the method of adjudication of possible disputes between the parties. The emergence of global water markets and the advent of Public–Private Partnerships led to the emergence of what has been called Global Water Governance. This articles analyses how the decisions of arbitral tribunals in water-related disputes are becoming an integral part of this global regulatory system and discusses their impact in water services governance. Governments are increasingly required to have a thorough knowledge of the functioning and possible implications of the legal frameworks that underpin foreign investments in the water services market.
This Wednesday I will be presenting a paper at the ‘2016 UNCITRAL Emergence Conference: Regional Perspectives on Contemporary and Future Harmonization Agenda in International Trade Law’, to be held at the World Trade Center Macau, in Macau. The title of my presentation is ‘Investment Law and Climate Disputes: Powering Sustainable Development’.
I am honoured to have to opportunity to take part in the International Conference ‘The Role of the European Parliament in the Conclusion and Implementation of Agreements on International Economic Law Issues’, to take place on 9 December at the European Parliament, in Brussels. The conference is jointly organized by the Interest Group on International Economic Law of the European Society of International Law and the European Parliament, represented by the Policy Department A: Economic and Scientific Policies. My paper is titled ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret? The European Parliament and European Investment Negotiations’.
The second day of the Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges’ is underway. Professor Vai Io Lo, from Bond University (Australia) presents on Direct Selling in China.