Call for papers! Justice in international investment law in a post-ISDS world! 23 Nov 2023!

Date-Thursday 23 Nov 2023, 09:00 – Friday 24 Nov 2023, 20:00


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The conference aims at contributing to the current debate on the reform of investment arbitration, by shifting the focus from the proposals as such towards the forms and notions of justice at the core of these proposals. While a seemingly theoretical question, the issue of justice in investment arbitration has profound practical implications. International investment law traditionally offers foreign investors access to compensation through investor-State arbitration, based on a highly efficient enforcement mechanism. Yet, the right for recourse is exclusive and narrowly accessible only to foreign investors, at the costs of other affected stakeholders such as local communities.

The format of the conference will give significant resonance to the discussion. Relying on the Sustainability in Arbitration and Investment Law (SAIL) research initiative at Erasmus School of Law, the conference intends to bring together a varied group of experts. The intent is to ease the epistemic, conceptual, and practical divide between practitioners, civil society organizations and academics from different geographies and disciplines.

We welcome abstracts (max. 500 words) addressing one or multiple aspects of the themes indicated in the call from different legal and non-legal disciplinary perspectives, including economics, political economy, and development studies. If you are interested in contributing, kindly submit your abstract to [email protected] by July 16th. The conference will take place on the 23rd and 24th November at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Successful applicants will be informed by October 1st and will be asked to submit an extended abstract (max. 3000 words) by November 5th.

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