International Investment Agreements Conference 2010 Session 1 (by invitation only)

International investment agreements in the new era
Event
Session Type
Parallel Events
Session Themes
High-level event
Room number
Room 1D
8 September 2010
08:00 - 10:30 Europe/Zurich
Europe/Zurich

The 2010 IIA Conference will have three thematic clusters that reflect the key development challenges facing the current international investment regime (consisting of over 5,980 international investment agreements at all levels) in generating tangible development benefits in the post-crisis investment landscape. These clusters concern (i) the interaction of the IIA regime with other key and emerging global policy areas such as international financial regulation, climate change and other public policies, (ii) the systemic evolution of the IIA regime and its new direction, and (iii) the resultant need for closer international cooperation and a more coordinated and collective approach in IIA matters.

Questions to be addressed include

  • How to ensure coherence between IIAs and new international policies on climate change, financial regulation and other public policies?
  • How to reconcile investor protection with public policies? How is this being addressed in recent IIA developments (including new models)?
  • How to preserve predictability for States and investors?
  • How to address concerns about the legitimacy of the investor-State disputes system?
  • Are new mechanisms for international cooperation needed? And if so, what would they look like?

The interaction of the IIA regime with other key and emerging global policy areas such as financial regulation, climate change and other public policies.

Speakers

Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
Minister of Industry and Trade, United Republic of Tanzania
Chairman, Financial Supervisory Authority, Egypt
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
Director General, Department of Treaty & Law, MOFCOM, China
Secretary General, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia
Deputy General Counsel, Legal Department, International Monetary Fund
President and CEO, Center for International Environmental Law
Senior Advisor, World Trade Institute
Arbitrator and Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Chairman of the American Society of International Law
Founding Director, The Evian Group at IMD