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Thirty Seventh ITF Public Conference: Overlapping Treaty Regimes in International Investment Law (Online Participation)

Date: 22 April 2022

Time: 09.00 - 16:15 (UK time)

Venue: Online

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Event Details

On 22 April 2022, the Investment Treaty Forum brings together senior practitioners, arbitrators, academics and other experts to discuss overlapping treaty regimes in international investment law.

As the number of international law norms increases, so does its fragmentation. Cases in which the same issue is governed by overlapping and sometimes conflicting treaty regimes become increasingly common. How do investors and State reconcile their rights and obligations under investment, EU, environmental, human rights, anti-corruption, trade, and other treaty regimes? Are tribunals obliged to take into accounts rights and obligations of parties to investor-State disputes even if none of the parties pleads it? How to reconcile conflicting treaty rules taking into account the legitimate expectations of investors and the rights of States to regulate?

These and other questions will be addressed during a one-day conference hosted by Investment Treaty Forum, which will take place in the hybrid format (in-person and online) at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

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09.00 - 09.15
Welcome and Introduction
Professor Yarik Kryvoi, Investment Treaty Forum Director, BIICL

09:15 - 10:00
Keynote Address
Professor Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute, Geneva

10:00 - 11:30
Panel 1. Conflict of Treaties in International Investment Law

  • Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Doha (chair)
  • Dr. Ahmad Ghouri, University of Sussex, Brighton - Interaction and Conflict of Treaties in Investment Arbitration
  • Robert Volterra, Volterra Fietta, London - Obligations of Arbitrators in the Context of Overlapping Treaty Regimes 
  • Suzy H. Nikièma, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Ouagadougou - ISDS and sustainable development

 11:30 - 12:00 Coffee & Tea

12:00 - 13:30
Panel 2. EU Law, Environment and Armed Conflict

  • Can Yeginsu, 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB), London (chair)
  • Markus Burgstaller, Hogan Lovells, London - EU Law and ISDS
  • Sylvia Tonova, Jones Day, London - Environmental Law and ISDS 
  • Catharine Titi, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris - International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00
Panel 3. Human rights, Trade and National Security Issues

  • Jessica Gladstone, Clifford Chance, London (chair)
  • Dr. Claudia Salgado Levy Government of Ecuador, Quito - National Security and ISDS
  • Charles Buderi, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, London - Human Rights and ISDS
  • Professor Federico Ortino, King's College London, London - Trade and ISDS

16:00 - 16:15
Concluding remarks
José Manuel Gutierrez Delgado, Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union, Brussels

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 7 CPD hours.


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