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Investment Treaty Forum Meeting: Foreign Direct Investment, the Rule of Law, and International Investment Treaties: Theory, Policy and New Evidence

Date: 15th May 2015

Time: 08:30 -

Venue: Not available

Event Details

Time: 09:00-12:45 (Registration 08:30)

Venue: Hogan Lovells LLP, 22 Fredman Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

This special seminar of the Investment Treaty Forum is organized in association with Hogan Lovells and the Bingham Centre on the Rule of Law. The occasion of the seminar is the publication (on 7 May 2015) of a report undertaken by Hogan Lovells, the Investment Treaty Forum, and the Bingham Centre in association with the Economist Intelligence Unit. The focus of the report, based upon a global survey of corporate multinationals, is the role of the rule of law and international investment treaties in foreign direct investment decision-making.

The seminar will begin with a keynote address by Clem Sunter, ex-Chairman and CEO for Anglo America Gold and Uranium Division and now a world renowned professional speaker and scenario planner. He was voted by leading South African CEOs as the speaker who has made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, best practice and business in South Africa.

His address will be followed by two panel discussions.

Panel 1: Links between the Rule of Law, Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Development

This panel will examine the relationship between the rule of law, foreign direct investment, and economic development in a global and African context. In particular it will explore the drivers of foreign direct investment, the rule of law as a necessary pre-condition for development, and the developmental effects in host states of different types of investment.


  • Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC, Bingham Centre on the Rule of Law
  • Ernie Lai King, Head of Tax and Asia Practice, Hogan Lovells (South Africa)
  • Markus Schrader, Head Swiss Economic Cooperation and Development (SECO), Embassy of Switzerland

Panel 2: The Rule of Law and International Investment Treaties - Improving Existing Structures v Establishing New Models

Using the experience of South Africa as its focus, this panel will address the internationalisation of rule of law concepts through international investment treaties (and investment chapters in free trade agreements) and examine the relationship between internationalised conceptions of the rule of law and host state sovereignty. This panel will further consider policy alternatives (or compliments) to investment treaties such as the strengthening of domestic rule of law institutions and the adoption of specific legislative regimes such as the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill (2013).


  • Warren Beech, Head of Mining, Hogan Lovells (South Africa)
  • Senior Official, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
  • N Jansen Calamita, Director, Investment Treaty Forum
  • Julie Maupin, Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg


This is event is open to the public and free of charge. Advance registration is essential.

Please RSVP before 7 May 2015 by clicking here


  • Registration & Finger Breakfast: 08h30
  • Presentation start time: 09h00
  • Presentation end time: 12h45
  • Light Lunch: 12h45

Event convened by Warren Beech (Partner) and Ashleigh Pelser (Marketing), Hogan Lovells.

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