For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop - jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan W. Schill (Amsterdam), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) - has been a forum for the discussion of foundational issues of international investment law.
The next workshop, to be held on 11-12 March 2016, inquires at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the ICSID Convention into whether, and to what extent, international investment law and investor-State arbitration are 'engines of legal development' and have radiating effect in general international law. The workshop does so against the background that international investment law has developed from a highly specialized, and even exotic discipline into international law mainstream. The increasing numbers of investment treaties, proliferating investment disputes, and the negotiation of mega-regionals, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, attest to this. Topics addressed in presentations to the workshop are the contribution of investment law and investor-State arbitration to the international law of dispute settlement, the law of treaties, and state responsibility. The program is available here. As in previous years, the workshop will bring together academics and practitioners and provide them with a forum for open and frank exchanges.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, E-Mail: S.Schimpf@jur.uni-frankfurt.de<mailto:S.Schimpf@jur.uni-frankfurt.de> by 28 February 2016.
It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the sad news that Professor John H. Jackson, the father of the IEL field, passed away on 7 November. Professor Jackson had a profound influence on so many of us, through his classes, scholarship, advice and guidance, and overall influence over the discipline. He also played an important role in SIEL's creation, supporting the concept from the very beginning. He served on our Founding Executive Council, and delivered the Hudec lecture at our inaugural conference in Geneva in 2008. SIEL will miss him deeply.
For those of you who would like to celebrate Prof. Jackon's memory, the family has requested donations to a scholarship established in Professor Jackson's name at Georgetown Law Center in lieu of flowers. The details are available here: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/news/press-releases/mourning-the-loss-professor-john-jackson.cfm
A conference entitled: 'Transparency v. Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance’ will be held on Friday 20 November 2015 at Ravenna, School of Law. For further details, see: http://www.fondazioneflaminia.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/DRAFT-PROGRAMME-RAVENNA-CONFERENCE-TRANSPARENCY-CONFIDENTIALITY-IEL.pdf?189523
Participation is free for academics and students but registration is required due to space constraints. Please, send an email to register by 16 November to Dr Carla Rossi (Fondazione Flaminia) at the following email address: email@example.com
The Call for Papers for the Conference has been published.
The deadline for the submission of proposals has been extended to NOVEMBER 20.
The editors have issues a call for papers for a TDM special issue on international arbitration involving commercial and investment disputes in Africa.
The call for papers can be found on the TDM website here:
About the special: Africa¹s accelerating economic development is attracting a substantial increase in cross-border commerce, trade, and investment on the continent, and disputes arising from this increased economic activity are inevitably bound to follow. International arbitration will be the preferred method for resolving many of these disputes. Indeed, the growing focus on
international arbitration to resolve commercial and investment disputes
relating to Africa is reflected, among other ways, in the fact that the
International Council on Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) will be holding its
22nd Congress for the first time in Africa in May 2016 in Mauritius.
To a great extent, the issues that arise in international arbitration in
or relating to Africa will be no different than those that arise in
arbitrations around the globe. Converging international arbitration
procedures and the predictability and stability afforded by the New York
Convention and Washington Convention help to ensure that this is the case.
Yet party autonomy remains a core value of the international arbitral
system, and, as such, regional approaches and local culture will continue
to shape African-related arbitrations to a degree, just as they do
elsewhere. Africa¹s rapid development is also likely to play a role in
shaping international arbitration in this region.
This special issue will explore topics of particular interest and
relevance to international arbitration in light of Africa¹s unique and
evolving situation. The issue will focus on sub-Saharan Africa and will
address issues pertaining to both commercial and investment arbitration.
It will also likely explore alternative methods for resolving disputes,
including litigation, mediation, and local dispute-resolution mechanisms.
Possible topics for submission to the special issue might include:
* The proliferation of international arbitral institutions in Africa and
what the future holds for institutional arbitration on the African
* The attitudes of African states and state-owned enterprises towards
international commercial arbitration;
* Salient issues in the OHADA international arbitration framework;
* The influence of China and other Asian countries on international
arbitration in Africa;
* Issues in enforcing arbitral awards in African states;
* Evolving attitudes in Africa towards bilateral investment treaties
(BITs) and the extent to which BITs are (or are not) helping African
states attract foreign direct investment;
* South Africa¹s draft investment law and other notable country-specific
developments in Africa;
* Cultural issues impacting international arbitration in Africa;
* Empirical studies relating to international arbitration in Africa;
* Capacity building for arbitrators, judges, and practitioners in the
* Alternative methods of resolving cross-border commercial and investment
disputes in Africa.
We invite all those with an interest in the subject to contribute articles
or notes on one of the above topics or any other relevant issue.
Please address all questions and proposals to the editors at:
SniderT@gtlaw.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com, copied to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication is expected in July-August 2016. Proposals for papers should
be submitted to the editors by January 31st, 2016.
The Canadian Council on International Law's 44th Annual Conference, on the theme 'International Law: Coherence or Chaos', now has the full program and registration available online at http://www.ccil-ccdi.ca/#!upcoming-conference/cg4a
The Institute of International Economic Law’s 10th Annual
Academy of WTO Law & Policy will be held November 16 to 20, 2015 at
Georgetown University Law Center.
The Academy is an intensive professional development program on the law and policy of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It examines the legal obligations and policy underpinnings of the WTO and its agreements, in the context of how the WTO operates and how it relates to national governments. It strengthens participants’ critical thinking about the role of the WTO in solving commercial problems and addressing fundamental policy challenges. Academy presenters are international trade law experts, many of whom negotiated the WTO Agreements at issue.
This non-degree program is designed to build capacity to take advantage of the multilateral trading system, by training legal professionals, trade policy officials, members of the international business, IGO and NGO communities, academics and others – including those from developing countries and transition economies. A law or economics degree is not necessary to attend the Academy.
Complete information about the Academy and registration forms can be found at:
The 5th conference of the network will be held on 14-15 April 2016 in Luxembourg. The call for papers can be found here: PEPA 2016.pdf
ESIL has published the CfP, it is available here: CALL FOR PAPERS TRANSPARENCY.pdf