International Investments Arbitration Practice & Procedure | L4371

International investment arbitration has a few names. It has been referred to as investor-state arbitration, investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), and sometimes simply international arbitration. Investor-state arbitration is a powerful and relatively new form of dispute resolution. It largely originates from the many bilateral investment treaties (BITs) developed in the 1950s, and has expanded to larger and more complicated international treaties such as NAFTA, CAFTA, and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Today, this is the fastest growing field for international legal practitioners. Any international transaction with the characteristics of a foreign "investment" implicates investment treaties. With the development of new trade agreements such as the TPP and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) the field will only continue to grow.

This course is experiential in nature. It examines the field of investor-state arbitration from the perspective of an investment dispute. The class will simulate an investment dispute in the context of an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) proceeding. The course will move through a typical ICSID case from beginning to end (in a an abbreviated format) and focus on key areas in the field of investor-state arbitration.

This course will only be taught in the spring semester and serves as the gateway to the University of Denver Foreign Direct Investment Moot Team ( Students with a strong interest in joining the FDI Moot Team and attending the FDI Moot as counsel the following fall semester will be given preference to join the class. Please email Adjunct Professor and course instructor Todd Wells for more information on how to join the class:

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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