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New book chapter: ‘Friends with Benefits? Amicus Curiae in the TPP Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism’

Paradigm shift

The book ‘Paradigm Shift in International Economic Law Rule-Making: TPP as a New Model for Trade Agreements?‘, edited by Professors Julien Chaisse, Henry Gao, and Chang-fa Lo, has just been published by Springer. I have contributed with a chapter titled ‘Friends with Benefits? Amicus Curiae in the TPP Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism’ (pp. 105-128).

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International Conference ‘The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators’

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An exciting first panel at the international conference ‘The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators’, hosted by the American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC. More great presentations to follow.

Hold on to Your Hat! Issue Conflicts in the TTIP Proposal for an Investment Court

Duties Rights and Powers

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.

New article: ‘Myopic Amici? The Participation of Non-disputing Parties in ICSID Arbitration’

Myopic

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 Semantics of the Right to Water in International Investment Law

ESIL workshop

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.