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Twenty Ninth ITF Public Conference: Treaty Law Issues in International Investment Law

20th October 2017

Time: 09:00 to 17:00 (Registration from 08:30)

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1

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Questions of applicability, interpretation and succession of treaties are decisive for resolution of many investor-state disputes. Although States can be bound by treaties under international law, investors are not parties to treaties but still have rights and obligations under international investment law.

Complex issues of treaty law may arise at the stage of entering into effect and application of unratified investment treaties, for example related to the impact of unratified treaties on customary international law and provisional application of unratified treaties, such as the Energy Charter Treaty.

When applying and interpreting international treaties, tribunals also deal with issues of application of investment treaties in the context of territorial changes and armed conflicts. They also rely on the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties and engage other extraneous legal rules and actors for treaty interpretation.

On 20 October 2017 leading arbitrators, practitioners and academics, drawn primarily from ITF members will gather in London to discuss the interplay between law of treaties and international investment law at the Twenty Ninth ITF Public Conference.

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Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor Campbell McLachlan QC, Victoria University of Wellington Law School (New Zealand) - keynote speaker
  • Professor Nicolas Angelet, Liedekerke, Brussels
  • Davinia Aziz, Attorney-General's Chambers/National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • Sir Franklin Berman KCMG QC, Essex Court Chambers (UK)
  • Graham Coop, Volterra Fietta (UK)
  • David Gaukrodger, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (France)
  • David Goldberg, White & Case (UK)
  • Professor Emmanuel Gaillard, Shearman & Sterling (France)
  • Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills (UK)
  • Professor Tomoko Ishikawa, Nagoya University (Japan)
  • Professor Yarik Kryvoi, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (UK)
  • Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers (UK)
  • Audley Sheppard QC, Clifford Chance and ITF Advisory Board (UK)
  • Dr Romesh Weeramantry, Clifford Chance (Hong Kong)

This event is convened by Prof Yarik Kryvoi, Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum.

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Pricing and Registration

Free to attend for members of the Investment Treaty Forum. For all other attendees the following fees apply:

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £210
  • Concession - £150


  • Individual - £350
  • Concession - £250

N.B. The Concession rate applies to staff of government, non-profit organisations as well as full-time academics and students.

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 6 CPD hours.


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