The Sixteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference:
Is There an Evolving Customary International Law on Investment?

Friday 6 May 2011 09:00 to 17:00


Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, 10 Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H 0XG


Professor Jose Alvarez, New York University Law
Dr Chester Brown, University of Sydney and Essex Court Chambers
N Jansen Calamita, Director, Investment Treaty Forum
Professor David D. Caron, 20 Essex Street
Professor Rudolf Dolzer, University of Bonn
Gavan Griffith QC, Essex Court Chambers
Professor Kaj Hober, Mannheimer Swartling LLP, Stockholm, and University of Dundee
Loretta Malintoppi, Eversheds LLP, Paris
Professor Campbell McLachlan QC, Victoria University of Wellington and Essex Court Chambers
Dr Federico Ortino, Kings College London
Dr Sergey Ripinsky, UNCTAD, Geneva
Gary Sampliner, US Department of the Treasury
Audley Sheppard, Clifford Chance
Dr Stephan Schill, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Judge Stephen Schwebel
Dr Laurence Shore, Gibson Dunn, New York
Professor Hans van Houtte, University of Leuven
Matthew Weiniger, Herbert Smith

What is this event about?
This ITF Public Conference will consider whether there is now an emerging customary international law relating to investment protection. It has been suggested that with over 3,000 investment treaties regulating investment worldwide that some of the substantive protections provided in these treaties have, as Judge Schwebel suggested 'seeped into the corpus of customary international law'. Practitioners, arbitrators and academics will debate which if any of these standards have now been accepted so widely as to comprise customary international law. It is an issue that is being submitted before tribunals in investment cases by counsel and yet there seems to be very little consensus in the investment community. This topic is thus ripe for review and should generate some interesting discussion from members of the Forum.

The event programme is available to view here.

This event is free for members of the Investment Treaty Forum, who can book by email.

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