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
- Dr Jürgen Kurtz, Associate Professor and Director of the International Investment Law Research Programme of the Law School's Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School
- Moshe Hirsch, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Department of International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law
February 6 , 2012
This session will run exceptionally from 7:00-9:00pm
- Colin Brown, Case Handler, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
"EU Investment Policy Post-Lisbon: What a Future EU Investment Agreement Might Look Like and Other Contemporary Issues"
- Jose Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, New York University Law School
- Barry Appleton, Appleton and Associates
- Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Towards a Comprehensive European International Investment Policy
- Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council: Establishing Transitional Arrangements for Bilateral Investment Agreements Between Member States and Third Countries
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.
- Professor Tai-Heng Cheng, Co-Director, Center for Global Law, Justice and Policy, New York Law School
"Finality and Justice in ICSID Arbitration"
- Professor Ruth Wedgwood, Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Director, Program on International Law and Organizations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
- Professor Jose Alvarez, New York University Law School
October 24, 2011
Panel Discussion: "Amazon Crude in The Hague: The Implications of Chevron v. Ecuador for Investor-State Arbitration"
- Do arbitrators have the power to give Chevron what it wants?
- Are there any limits left on U.S. discovery in aid of arbitration?
- What will the endgame look like -- and will it advance human rights?
- Michael D. Goldhaber, The American Lawyer
- Professor Robert Howse, NYU Law School
- Professor Roger Alford, Pepperdine Law School
- Stuart Newberger, partner Crowell & Moring
- Oliver Armas, partner Chadbourne & Parke
- Catherine Amirfar, partner Debevoise & Plimpton
- Eric Bloom, partner Winston & Strawn (counsel to Ecuador)
- Steven Donziger, New York lawyer and human rights advocate
November 14, 2011
- Professor Anthea Roberts, London School of Economics
"The Clash of Analogies and Approaches in the Investment Treaty System"
- Viren Mascarenhas, Senior Associate, Freshfield's
- Professor Sadeq Bigdeli, Waikato University, Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Economic Law, Georgetown University
For more information and to RSVP (we kindly ask you do so at least 5 days in advance to each presentation) write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 2010-2011 sessions, go to: NYU Investment Forum 2010-11
For 2009-10 sessions, go to: NYU Investment Forum 2009-10