International Investment Agreements Conference 2010 Session 3

Closing roundtable on the new dimensions of future co-operation in the international investment regime
Event
Session Type
Parallel Events
Session Themes
High-level event
Room number
Room 1D
8 September 2010
14:00 - 16:00 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.

The 2010 IIA Conference will conclude with the launching of the G-15 of Law Schools’ project, introduced by Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, and Professor David Caron, Chairman of the American Society of International Law. The project includes the following law schools:

  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Universität Wien, Austria
  • Ottawa University, Canada
  • Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Derecho, Chile
  • Xiamen University Law School, China
  • Université de Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Universität zu Köln, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, International Investment Law Centre, Germany
  • City University of Hong Kong, China
  • University of Buenos Aires, Facultad del Derecho, Argentina
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom
  • University of California-Berkeley, USA
  • Washington & Lee University, USA

Speakers

Minister in the Presidency, South Africa
Director, Office of Investment Affairs of the State Department, USA
Minister attached to the Prime Minister, Cambodia
Minister and Executive Director, Export and Investment Centre, Dominican Republic
Minister of State for Investment, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Chairman of the American Society of International Law