The Nineteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference:
The Regionalization of Investment Treaty Arrangements:
Developments and Implications
Friday 14 September 2012 09:00 to 17:00
LocationLondon House, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 2AB
Hi-Taek Shin, Seoul National University, Korea
Rukia Baruti, Africa International Legal Awareness
George Burn, Salans LLP
N Jansen Calamita, Investment Treaty Forum; University of Birmingham
Zhao Hong, China Permanent Mission to the WTO
Anna Joubin-Bret, Foley Hoag (Paris)
Amokura Kawharu, University of Auckland, New Zealand
James Mendenhall, Sidley Austin LLP (Washington)
Peter Muchlinski, School of African and Oriental Studies
Koji Nishimoto, Senshu University, Japan
Chantal Ononaiwu, Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)
Veniana Qalo, Commonwealth Secretariat
José Manuel García Represa, Dechert LLP (Paris)
Surya Subedi, University of Leeds
Dirk Willem te Velde, Overseas Development Institute
States are increasingly framing their international investment treaties within multilateral, regional arrangements. The purpose of this ITF public conference is to explore the nature of these arrangements, examine the motivations behind their development, and inquire about their implications for the field of international investment law generally. More broadly, the conference will ask whether regionalization portends a move towards greater global harmonization or whether it suggests a new balkanization of the investment treaty regime.
Among the regional arrangements to be examined at this conference are:
• 2012 China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Investment Treaty
• 2009 ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement
• 2009 ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement
• 2007 Investment Agreement for the COMESA Common Investment Area
• 2006 Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP)
• 2004 Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)
• Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations
• Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) negotiations
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