Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Conference: Twenty-Eighth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will host the Twenty-Eighth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference on May 12, 2017. The theme is: "Economic Crime and International Investment Law." The program is here. Here's the idea:

Interaction between public law regulating economic crime and private investor-state dispute resolution has given rise to a significant theoretical and practical problems, which the Twenty Eighth ITF Public Conference will address. Leading arbitrators and practitioners drawn primarily from ITF members will discuss the challenges and risks related to allegations of economic crimes in international investment arbitration.

The panellists will discuss breach of substantive national and international law obligations, particularly related to corruption and tax evasion, as a bar to jurisdiction of investment tribunals. The conference will also address the effect of economic crimes on the merits of investor-state disputes, including issues of state attribution and responsibility and the effect of domestic proceedings.

In addition, a special panel will deal with evidentiary challenges of allegations of economic crimes in investor-state disputes and will touch upon issues such as burden of proof, evidentiary privileges and freedom of information.