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Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall 900
245 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

This 2011-2012 academic year, the Institute for International Law and Justice will continue hosting the very successful NYU Investment Law Forum sessions.  The Forum is devoted to the rigorous and critical examination of the increasing jurisprudence that is emerging from investor-state arbitral tribunals, as well as the underlying legal norms, whether in bilateral investment treaties or bilateral or regional trade agreements, that these tribunals are applying. The tribunal awards in investor-state arbitration raise important thematic issues, such as canons of treaty interpretation, the nature of state responsibility including remedies, custom as a source of law, and "fragmentation"-the relationship of investment law to other international legal regimes, whether the WTO or environment or human rights. Through anchoring reflection on these and other fundamental themes in the case law and related legal developments, we seek to engage the relevant academic community but also practitioners, policymakers, and activists.

All sessions will be held in the Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall 900 (245 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012), one Monday evening each month through the semester (unless otherwise indicated). Hors d’Oeuvres and refreshments will be available before the presentations (6:00 PM).


Schedule of Sessions (subject to modification)


January 23, 2012

Guest speakers:

" Balancing Investor Protection and Regulatory Freedom in Investor-State Arbitration: The Complex  Search  for State Purpose in a National Treatment Inquiry"


February 6 , 2012

This session will run exceptionally from 7:00-9:00pm

Guest speakers:

"EU Investment Policy Post-Lisbon: What a Future EU Investment Agreement Might Look Like and Other Contemporary Issues"


Suggested Reading:

FALL 2011

September 19, 2011

The first session of the academic year was proceeded by a special reception celebrating the publication of Professor Jose Alvarez's Hague Academy Lectures into a book: The Public International Law Regime Governing International Investment.

Guest speaker:

"Finality and Justice in ICSID Arbitration"



October 24, 2011

Panel Discussion: "Amazon Crude in The Hague: The Implications of Chevron v. Ecuador for Investor-State Arbitration"




November 14, 2011

Guest speaker:

"The Clash of Analogies and Approaches in the Investment Treaty System"



For more information and to RSVP (we kindly ask you do so at least 5 days in advance to each presentation) write to:


For 2010-2011 sessions, go to: NYU Investment Forum 2010-11

For 2009-10 sessions, go to: NYU Investment Forum 2009-10