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I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to join a stellar line-up of speakers at the international conference ‘The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators’, to be hosted this coming Tuesday by the American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC (United States of America). My paper is titled ‘Hold on to Your Hat! Issue Conflicts in the TTIP Proposal for an Investment Court’. The conference programme can be found here.
My latest article, titled ‘Myopic Amici? The Participation of Non-disputing Parties in ICSID Arbitration’, has been published in the North Carolina Journal of International Law 42(3), 2017, pp. 791-822. The article is available here.
Here is the abstract:
The involvement of amici curiae in investment arbitration is becoming increasingly common in disputes that raise public policy considerations. Amicus curiae is a useful tool to promote the transparency, accountability, and openness of the arbitration system, but also to help tribunals in rendering better awards. The 2006 amendments to the ICSID rules facilitated the participation of civil society in the proceedings but did not go far enough in ensuring a full application of the public participation principle. A review of the ICSID jurisprudence shows that the extension of participatory rights of amici curiae beyond the presentation of written submissions has been timid. The efficiency of amicus participation without access to arbitral documents and hearings is doubtful. The ICSID Arbitration Rules should be reformed in line with recent developments so as to endow non-disputing parties with the necessary tools to perform their function properly.
The 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Naples, Italy, between 7 and 9 September 2017, hosted by the University of Naples Federico II. On 6 September, the ESIL Interest Group on International Economic Law will organize a workshop titled ‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons, Fundamental Values: the Responses of International Economic Law’. I will be presenting a paper titled ‘The Semantics of the Right to Water in International Investment Law’. You can read the workshop programme here. For more information, see the conference website.
The book ‘The BRICS-Lawyers’ Guide to Global Cooperation’, edited by my colleagues Rostam J. Neuwirth, Alexandr Svetlicinii and Denis de Castro Halis, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. I have contributed with a chapter titled A ‘Dispute Resolution Centre for the BRICS?’ (pp. 287-308).
Between 21 and 25 August I will be taking part in the Kobe University Summer School of Asian Law and Dispute Management (Kobe SALAD 2017), hosted by the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, in Kobe, Japan. On Monday, 21 August, I will be delivering a lecture titled ‘A Roadmap for Up-and-Coming Arbitral Institutions’. You can read more about the Summer School here.