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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at commercial practitioners, arbitrators or those who focus on cross border investment disputes. The podcast aims to discuss the role of Bilateral Investment Treaties in commercial arrangements which help facilitate international trade between nations. It will examine the principal concepts that underpin a bilateral investment treaty and what protections they afford to investors. The podcast will also review some arbitral decisions which indicate how international law principles are applied to resolve disputes.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what a Bilateral Investment Treaty is and what they are for;
  • Understand what is meant by investment;
  • Understand the general protections afforded to the activities undertaken by investors in a host country;
  • Be aware of the applicable law regime for resolving disputes about a particular treaty;
  • Be aware of the possible consequences for states and investors when a treaty or contractual provision is broken;
  • Know what forum is usually the most appropriate to deal with BIT disputes.
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States 1965;
  • Fedax N.V. v Republic of Venezuela (ARB/96/3 );
  • Salini Costruttori S.p.A. and Italstrade S.p.A. v Kingdom of Morocco (ARB/00/4);
  • Mihaly International Corporation v Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (ARB/00/2 );
  • Compañía de Aguas del Aconquija S.A. and Vivendi Universal S.A. v Argentine Republic (ARB/97/3).

This podcast is about BITs (Bilateral Investment Treaties). These international agreements help facilitate international trade and development between richer and less developed nations.

Podcast added: 01/06/2011

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