GEG and Columbia launch Online Forum: New Thinking on Investment Treaties

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Beginning on 15 June 2015, the Global Economic Governance Programme will cohost with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment a series of short presentations by academics, practitioners, and civil society on key topics in international investment law. The series will facilitate open access to cutting-edge research and information, and aims to help enrich discussions about the past, present, and future of investment treaties.

All presentations will be posted at 6pm GMT on the New Thinking on Investment Treaties Youtube Channel. Please subscribe to the channel and visit our website for updates.




Remaining speakers and dates are:

November 2: Lise Johnson, Head, Investment Law and Policy, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. “Investor Obligations and the Economic Development Criterion: Is There a Future in Investment Treaties?”

November 13: Lauge Poulsen, Assistant Professor, University College London. “The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries”.


All presentations will be posted here. Please subscribe to the channel and visit our website for updates.

Past presentations remain available here.

Prior speakers included:

June 15: Jonathan Bonnitcha, Visiting Fellow in International Investment Law and Policy, Australian National University. “A Solution in Search of a Problem: An Economic Perspective on Investment Treaties”

June 29: Jan Kleinheisterkamp, London School of Economics, Department of Law. “No Greater Rights – but Still Meaningful Investment Protection? The Need for Cohesion at the National and International Level”.

July 30: Jason Yackee, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School. “The Costs and Benefits of Investor-State Dispute Settlement”

September 21: Taylor St John, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford. “Investment Treaties and Investment Arbitration: Historically Separate”.

October 5: Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Group Director, Economic Law and Policy, International Institute for Sustainable Development. “An International Investment Court.”

October 19: Anna Joubin-Bret, Avocat à la Cour, Cabinet Joubin-Bret (Paris). “An Appellate Mechanism for ISDS.”