THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENT-RELATED DISPUTE SETTLEMENT: OPTIONS AND MODELS

25 OCT 2018
13:00-14:30
ROOM XXVII

THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENT-RELATED DISPUTE SETTLEMENT: OPTIONS AND MODELS

Organized jointly by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), this session’s goal is to provide a platform for discussion about the benefits and shortcomings of the current model of dispute settlement on investment matters and the needs and directions of future reform.

The debate will assist all participants in the World Investment Forum in understanding the current issues regarding investment dispute settlement and the needs and options for reform with a view to foster a strategy where investment-related dispute settlement and rule of law principles contribute to the sustainable development objectives.

The objectives of the event:

  • Provide a platform for informed discussion among practitioners and interested stakeholders in the area of investment-related dispute settlement
  • Contribute to an improved understanding of the issues at stake and the options for future reform
  • Contribute to the efforts of the international community to achieve common ground in various issues related to investment-related dispute settlement

Issues for debate:

  • What should governments expect from the ongoing UNCITRAL process in reforming investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS)?
  • Should substantive and procedural issues relating to the current model of dispute settlement on investment matters be addressed in a comprehensive way?
  • What are the elements to be considered when discussing the possible creation of an investment court?
  • Would people impacted by investment projects have a role and standing in investment-related dispute settlement?

SPEAKERS

Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic

Head, Department for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ms. Vu Thi Chau Quynh

Deputy Director General, Department of Legislation, The Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam

Mr. Sam Zarifi

Secretary General, The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

Ms. Jane Kelsey

Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Ms. Kekeletso Mashigo

Director: Legal, International Trade and Investment, Trade Negotiations Unit, International Trade & Economic Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Mr. Colin Brown

Deputy Head of Unit, Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy, DG Trade, European Commission

ORGANIZERS

The break-out session is organized under the sole responsibility of the above-mentioned organizers. The UNCTAD secretariat is not responsible for the content of the discussions or for the material provided during the break-out session.