Monday, January 31, 2011

Workshop: International Investment Law and Its Others

The Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and the University of Glasgow School of Law are hosting the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2011, March 18-19. The theme is "International Investment Law and Its Others." If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with Mrs. Sabine Schimpf , Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, RuW, Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (S.Schimpf[at] by February 18, 2011. Registration subject to a nominal fee of € 50 covering expenses/refreshments. Here's the idea and the program:

International Investment Law is a special branch of international law, but does not exist in ‘clinical isolation’ from international law. Following up on the successful conference on ‘International Investment Law and General International Law’, held in March 2010, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2011 addresses the relationship between investment law and other specialised areas of law, such as human rights, environmental law, WTO law, etc. How does international investment law interact with them? Is the interaction productive, or does it lead to a ‘clash of cultures’? What techniques are available to avoid regime-collisions, and have they been used? Are there common principles governing the interaction between the different special regimes? Presentations at the workshop will address these and other crucial issues, and by so doing, provide a clearer understanding of the relationship between ‘International Investment Law and Its Others’.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Welcome Reception and Buffet

Keynote Address: The Other Side of the Coin – Recent Paradoxes of Investment Arbitration
Professor Francisco Orrego Vicuña SC (Santiago de Chile)

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Opening Remarks & General Introduction
Professor Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt am Main)
Professor Christian J. Tams (Glasgow)

International Investment Law and Human Rights
Mr. Marc Jacob (Heidelberg)
Comments by Professor Markus Krajewski (University of Erlangen) and
Mr. Noah Rubins (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris) (tbc)

International Investment Law and Group Rights to Self-Determination and Autonomy
Professor Tarcisio Gazzini (Amsterdam)
Comments by Professor Rainer Hofmann (University of Frankfurt) and
Dr. Nikolaos Lavranos (Senior Policy Advisor, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs)

International Investment Law and International Environmental Law
Ms. Alessandra Asteriti (Glasgow)
Comments by Mr. David Gaukrodger (Senior Legal Consultant, OECD,
Paris) and Dr. Patricia Nacimiento (White & Case, Frankfurt)

International Investment Law and Domestic Public Law
Professor Monika Polzin (Augsburg)
Comments by Dr. Veijo Heiskanen (Lalive, Geneva) and
Professor Pavel Sturma (University of Prague)

Concluding Remarks
Professor Stefan Kadelbach (Frankfurt am Main) (tbc)
Professor Christian J. Tams (Glasgow)