International Investment Agreements Conference 2010 Session 2 (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Breakout session A on the systemic evolution of IIAs
Session Type
Parallel Events
Room number
Room 1D
8 September 2010
14:00 - 16:00 Asia/Shanghai

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.


Director, Office of Investment Affairs of the State Department, USA
Vice Minister, International Commerce, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Director of Multilateral Economics Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
Joint Secretary, DEA, Ministry of Finance, India
Head of Department, General Directorate of Foreign Investment, Treasury, Turkey
Director for Regional Cooperation, The Investment Coordinating Board, Indonesia
Head, Trade Section, China Delegation of the European Union
Institute of International Law, University of Bonn
Emeritus Professor, Université Paris I Panetheon Sorbonne
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Head, Investment Treaty Arbitration, Salans LLP, USA
Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP, Germany