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ITF Meeting: Ethics and the Rule of Law in Investment Arbitration

Date: 1st June 2018

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Venue: Tokyo Shoken Kaikan, 1-5-8 Kayaba-cho Nihonbashi Chuoku, TOKYO, 103-2205

Event Details

Time: 14:00-18:00 (Registration from 13:30),
followed by reception

Venue: Tokyo Shoken Kaikan, 1-5-8 Kayaba-cho, Nihonbashi, Chuoku, Tokyo 103-2205, Japan

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On 1 June 2018, the BIICL Investment Treaty Forum and the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University are hosting a seminar in Tokyo, to discuss the rule of law and ethics in investment arbitration.

The rapid proliferation of international investment treaties brought the concern over the legitimacy of the system of investor-State dispute settlement, which resulted in proposals for its radical redesign. Against this background, this seminar examines how ethical and the rule of law concerns can be better addressed within the existing system.

The first panel focuses on ethical issues, including arbitrator and counsel ethics, third-party-funding and transparency. The second panel discusses the rule of law issues, such as reconciling different interpretations of treaties, societal values and conflict of law issues to promote legal certainty and consistency of international investment law.


  • Prof Hi-Taek Shin, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Dr Jean Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Dr Tomoko Ishikawa, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Mr Emmanuel Jacomy, Shearman & Sterling, China
  • Dr Sabine Konrad, McDermott Will and Emery, Germany
  • Prof Yarik Kryvoi, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, United Kingdom
  • Mr Nicholas Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Japan
  • Ms Satoko Toku, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japan
  • Prof Leon Trakman, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Mr Wesley Pang, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong


Event convened by Prof Yarik Kryvoi, Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum and Dr Tomoko Ishikawa, Nagoya University.

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Pricing and Registration

Free to attend for members of the Investment Treaty Forum. ITF Members wishing to attend should register by emailing the events team.

For all other attendees, BIICL applies the following fees:

BIICL Members

  • Individual: £25
  • Concession: £20


  • Individual: £50
  • Concession: £35

Concession fees are applicable to academics, staff of government and NGO's.


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