Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Conference: Fourteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will host the Fourteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference on May 7, 2010. The theme is: "Do not pass Go: Jurisdictional and other objections available to respondent State." The program is not yet available. Here's the idea:
The aim of this ITF Public Conference is to review and analyse important developments in recent cases on jurisdiction by investment treaty tribunals. These developments include illegality (Fraport), fraud (El Salvador) and other instances of an investor's misconduct. Other topics for consideration will also include piercing the corporate veil (TSA Spectrum), unmeritorious and abusive claims (Phoenix), restrictive dispute resolution provisions (old China and Soviet BITs e.g. Tza Yap Shum and Renta 4) and the ongoing debate about what type of investments should not benefit from treaty protection. The speakers will discuss how and why these restrictions have affected the jurisdiction of tribunals.