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International Challenges in Investment Arbitration

1st Edition

Edited by Mesut Akbaba, Giancarlo Capurro


266 pages

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As the proverbial workhorse of international economic law, investment arbitration is heavily relied upon around the globe. It has to cope with the demands of increasingly complex proceedings. At the same time, investment arbitration has come under close public scrutiny in the midst of heated political debate. Both of these factors have led to the field of investment protection being subject to continuous changes. Therefore, it presents an abundance of challenges in its interpretation and application. While these challenges are often deeply rooted in the doctrinal foundations of international law, they similarly surface during live arbitral proceedings.

International Challenges in Investment Arbitration serves not only as a collection of recently debated issues in investment law; it also deals with the underlying fundamental questions at the intersection of investment arbitration and international law. The book is the product of the 1st Bucerius Law Journal Conference on International Investment Law & Arbitration. It combines the current state of knowledge, new perspectives on the topic as well as practical issues and will be of interest to researchers, academics and practitioners in the fields of international investment law, international economic law, regulation and comparative law.

Table of Contents


Preface by the Editors

List of Contributors

Part I: The State in International and Investment Law

Chapter 1:

Rethinking the Relevance of Customary International Law to Issues of Nationality in Investment Treaty Arbitration (Javier García Olmedo)

Chapter 2:

Investment Claims and Annexation of Territory: Where General International Law and Investment Law Collide (Sebastian Wuschka)

Chapter 3:

General Exception Clauses in International Investment Agreements: A Case for Systemic Integration? (Tobias Ackermann)

Chapter 4:

International Norms, a Defense in Investment Treaty Arbitration? (Dafina Atanasova)

Chapter 5:

Towards a New Regulatory Paradigm under Recent FTA Investment Chapters? (Elsa Sardinha)


Part II: Investment Arbitration and the European Legal Order

Chapter 1:

A Comparative Law Approach as a Technique for Solving Conflicts between EU law and Investment Arbitration: The Case of the ECtHR.

(Blerina Xheraj)

Chapter 2:

The Energy Charter Treaty and European Union Law: Mutually Supportive Instruments for Economic Cooperation or Schizophrenia in the ‘Acquis’? (Cees Verburg)

Chapter 3:

The Structural Need for Intra-EU BIT Protection (Emily Sipiorski)

Chapter 4:

Is One Permanent Instance Enough? A Comparison Between the WTO Appellate Body and the Proposed Investment Court System (Marcus Weiler)


Part III: Practical Issues in Investor State Proceedings

Chapter 1:

The Appropriate Use of Bifurcation as a Means for Increasing Efficiency in Investment Arbitration (Jola Gjuzi)

Chapter 2:

Effective Management of Mass Claims Arbitration – What Could Be Learnt from International Tribunals? (Katarzyna Szczudlik)

Chapter 3:

The Impact of the Economic and Political Situation Prevailing in the Host State on Compensation under International Investment Law (Sven Lange)

Chapter 4:

The Impact of Third Party Funding on an ICSID Tribunal’s Decision on Security for Costs (Alexander Hoffmann)


Concluding Remarks

Rationalising Costs in International Arbitration: A Tall Order? (Speech by Neil Kaplan QC CBE SBS)


About the Editors

Mesut Akbaba, LL.B., is a Research Assistant at the Center for International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany.

Giancarlo Capurro, LL.B., is a Law Clerk at the Higher Regional Court of Hamm, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Economic Law

The growing integration of the world economy and resulting increases in cross-border economic exchanges has been accompanied by the rapid growth of law and regulation governing these interactions. This series presents cutting-edge research in international economic law, offering fresh perspectives on what is a fast developing field.

The series surveys the key areas of international economic law: international trade law; international investment law; international financial regulation and monetary law; and related aspects of intellectual property law. Linkages with other international legal regimes are explored such as environmental law, human rights, and public health, highlighting areas where tensions may occur between economic liberalisation, sovereignty and other concerns. Books will investigate the theory, policy and practice of international economic law from a broad range of approaches allowing for innovative and scholarly assessments of the international economic legal order.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Investments & Securities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
LAW / General
LAW / Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation
LAW / International