Investment Treaty Forum
The Investment Treaty Forum (ITF) was founded in 2004 to serve as a global centre for serious high-level debate in the field of international investment law.
The Forum is a membership-based group, bringing together some of the most expert and experienced lawyers, business managers, policy advisers, academics and government officials working in the field. Like BIICL itself, the Forum has a reputation for independence, even-handedness and academic rigour. The Forum membership is by invitation only.
The Forum members regularly meet within the framework of larger conferences and smaller events hosted by members. In addition, they conduct research projects and take part in BIICL's training initiatives and other activities.
The Forum Director is Prof Yarik Kryvoi, a leading academic and practitioner in the field. Prof Kryvoi's expertise is primarily in the areas of international dispute resolution, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration, international administrative law and international public law.
He has several years of experience practising international dispute resolution with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Washington, DC and Baker & McKenzie in Saint Petersburg.
Patrons and Board
The Patrons of the Forum are:
- HE Judge Rosalyn Higgins GBE QC
- Yves Fortier CC QC
Since its inception the Investment Treaty Forum's programme has been guided on an informal basis by a small Advisory Board which currently comprises:
- Sir Frank Berman, KCMG QC, Essex Court Chambers;
- Professor Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University;
- Professor A Vaughan Lowe, All Souls College Oxford and Essex Court Chambers;
- Loretta Malintoppi, 39 Essex Chambers, London;
- Audley Sheppard QC, Clifford Chance LLP, London;
- Robert Volterra, Volterra Fietta, and Faculty of Law, UCL.
The Public International Law Advisory Panel of the Institute also provides useful advice and support to the Forum.
Investment Treaty Forum members include some of the most expert and experienced lawyers, academics and government officials and international civil servants working on international investment law.
Current members of the Investment Treaty Forum are listed below. The Forum membership is by invitation only. If you would like further details on how to become a member of the Forum, please contact Professor Yarik Kryvoi.
- Allen & Overy LLP
- Baker & McKenzie LLP
- Baker Botts LLP
- Clifford Chance LLP
- Cooley LLP
- Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
- Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Dechert LLP
- DLA Piper LLP
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- Hogan Lovells LLP
- Jones Day LLP
- Latham & Watkins LLP
- Linklaters LLP
- Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå AB
- Reed Smith LLP
- Shearman & Sterling LLP
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Steptoe & Johnson LLP
- Three Crowns LLP
- Van Bael & Bellis
- Vinson & Elkins LLP
- Volterra Fietta
- White & Case LLP
- WilmerHale LLP
- Withers LLP
- Professor Nicolas Angelet, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels
- Thayananthan Baskaran, Baskaran, Kuala Lumpur
- Sir Franklin Berman QC, Essex Court Chambers, London
- Professor Andrea Bjorklund, McGill University, Montreal
- Dr Tillmann Rudolf Braun, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Humboldt University of Berlin
- Dr Stuart Dutson, Simmons & Simmons, London
- Raed Fathallah, Bredin Prat, Paris
- Professor Matthew Happold, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Robert Hunter, Osborne Clarke, London
- Professor Tomoko Ishikawa, Nagoya University, Nagoya
- Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law, India
- Mark Kantor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
- Dr Sabine Konrad, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Frankfurt a. M.
- Professor A Vaughan Lowe, All Souls College Oxford and Essex Court Chambers
- Loretta Malintoppi, 39 Essex Chambers, London
- Dr Inga Martinkute, MMSP, Vilnius
- Professor Emeritus Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers, London
- David A. Pawlak, David A. Pawlak LLC, Warsaw & Washington, D.C.
- Dr Anthony Sinclair, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, London
- Can Yeginsu, 4 New Square, London
Consultative Forum Members
- Attorney General Office of the State of the Republic of Ecuador
- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- The Energy Charter Secretariat
- General Attorney´s Office, the Kingdom of Spain
- Office of General Counsel to the Republic of Poland
- International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
- The International Institute for Sustainable Development
- The Legal Office for International Trade Law, Ministry of Economy, Government of Mexico
- Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
- The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
- The Permanent Court of Arbitration
- The Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the European Union
- Secretariat for Legal Affairs - Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador
- State Chancellery of Latvia
- Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada
- Treasury Legal Advisers, Government Legal Department, United Kingdom
- The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
- The United Kingdom Department for International Trade
- The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
- Professor Jansen Calamita, National University of Singapore (former ITF director)
- Professor James Crawford SC, FBA, University of Cambridge and International Court of Justice
- Norah Gallagher, Queen Mary University of London (former ITF director)
- Judge Christopher Greenwood QC, International Court of Justice
- Professor Loukas Mistelis, Queen Mary University of London
- Professor Peter Muchlinski, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
- Dr Federico Ortino, School of Law, King's College London (former ITF Director)
- Dr Antonio Parra, Visiting Professor, University College London and former Deputy Secretary-General, International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes
- Dr Karl P Sauvant, Columbia University Law School
- Professor Christoph Schreuer, University of Vienna
- Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, Essex Court Chambers
- Professor M Sornarajah, National University of Singapore
- Sovereign Wealth Funds: Transnational Regulation and Dispute Resolution (2021)
- Empirical Study: Annulment in ICSID Arbitration (2021)
- Empirical Study: Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration (2021)
- Three Dimensions of Inequality in International Investment Law (2020)
- Empirical Study: Corporate Restructuring and Investment Treaty Protections (2020)
- Empirical Study: Provisional measures in investor‑state arbitration (2019)
- Investment Promotion and Protection in the Canada-UK Trade Relationship (2018)
- ICSID Arbitration Reform: Mapping Concerns of Users and How to Address Them (2018)
- Risk and Return: Foreign Direct Investment and the Rule of Law (2015)
Reports and Updates
Established in 2021, Young ITF is a learning, discussion and networking forum for young practitioners, postgraduate students, civil servants and academics interested in international investment law. Young ITF aims to provide young professionals all around the globe with opportunities to develop their careers in international investment law by offering a forum for them to exchange ideas and connect with their peers and other professionals in the international investment arbitration community. Young ITF encourages young professionals to organise, and speak at, events and share their views on topical issues by way of publications.
Membership is free and open to postgraduate students, young practitioners, civil servants and academics aged under 40.
International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution (online course)
This course covers the history and the rationale of protection of foreign direct investments, applicable law, the key principles of international investment law and investor-state dispute settlement.
All classes include infographics and engaging conversations with leading London-based practitioners and arbitrators working in the field of international investment law. Those who successfully complete all requirements will get a certificate of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
Find out more on the course page.