International Investment Arbitration

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 20/21
Credits: 3

Course Description

Continued globalization and the growth of cross-border transactions have highlighted the need for an overarching system of law designed to protect foreign investments. Today, that system of law is reflected in the approximately 2600 bilateral and multilateral investment treaties in force around the world. Commonly referred to as “International Investment Law,” this system not only defines the parties’ substantive rights and obligations, it permits investors to resolve disputes with sovereign governments through international arbitration. Those arbitrations create the jurisprudence from which the International Investment Law system has evolved. This course examines the substantive law governing international investment by examining both treaties and arbitral awards, explores how rights and obligations can be enforced in an investment dispute, and considers the proper role of investment law in the international legal system. It also challenges students to act as advocates by engaging in a series of mini-arbitrations designed to address key issues that have been discussed in class.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a research paper via EXPO by Noon (EST) on the last day of the Fall examination period. NOTE: This paper does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement unless a student (who has already completed the Skills Requirement) timely submits a completed Writing Requirement Intent Form to the Student Records Office - retroactive exceptions will not be granted. Writing Requirement Intent requests submitted by students will be denied if such students have not completed the Skills Requirement prior to taking the course.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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