International Investment Law
date_range Débute le 17 septembre 2018
event_note Se termine le 30 novembre 2018
list 10 séquences
assignment Niveau : Avancé
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En résumé

Are you aware of the controversial situations facing States and foreign investors nowadays in relation to, for instance, the protection of public health and the environment? Do you recall recent cases such as Philip Morris v Uruguay and Vattenfall v Germany?

In the aftermath of these high profile cases and in the context of the negotiation of new international investment agreements, like the CETA and the TPP, local populations, policy-makers and NGOs have come to realize the societal importance of international investment law. Passionate and sometimes ill-informed discussions have resulted from this realisation. They have focused on the features of international investment law, which has traditionally granted rights to foreign investors to foster States’ economic development. Central to these discussions are the issues of:

  • the balance between the protection of foreign investors and the right of host States to regulate in order to protect public welfare objectives;
  • the duties and obligations of foreign investors;
  • the promotion of sustainable development in international investment law;
  • the legitimacy of arbitration tribunals to decide on disputes between host States and foreign investors;
  • the coherence of arbitration practice.

Learning and understanding the features and dynamics of international investment law is key not only for international lawyers and policy-makers, but it is also important knowledge for all well-informed citizens.

In this law course, you will:

  • discover the history of international investment law and understand the dynamics which shape its evolution;
  • learn the objectives of international investment law and the specific rights international investment agreements grant to foreign investors;
  • discover how those rights have been interpreted by arbitration tribunals;
  • master the features and functions of investor-state arbitration;
  • understand why international investment law and investor-state arbitration are currently the subject of criticism and be able to assess the soundness of this criticism;
  • gain insight into the content of treaties newly concluded, and be able to assess how they address the issues of the right of host States to regulate, of foreign investors’ obligations and of the legitimacy of arbitration tribunals.

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Les prérequis

Knowledge of the fundamentals of International Law (subjects and sources of International Law/ principles governing international responsibility). Such knowledge may be acquired by the successful completion of Louv5x – International Law. In addition, students should be familiar with the requirements of graduate-level courses and should preferably have already followed some law courses in order to be familiar with legal concepts and legal language.

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Le programme

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • relate the history and evolution of international investment law and comment on current controversies and criticisms;
  • analyse the law and practice of international investment law;
  • understand the functioning of investment arbitration.
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Les intervenants

Yannick Radi
Professor of Public International Law
Université catholique de Louvain

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Le concepteur

L’Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) est une université belge francophone multisite.

À la suite de la scission de l'université catholique de Louvain en deux entités juridiquement indépendantes (1968), l'université francophone s'est implantée dans sa majeure partie à Louvain-la-Neuve (Brabant wallon) depuis 1972 et à Woluwe-Saint-Lambert pour la faculté de médecine, l'université néerlandophone demeurant à Louvain, sous le nom de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven).

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La plateforme

EdX est une plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne (dite FLOT ou MOOC). Elle héberge et met gratuitement à disposition des cours en ligne de niveau universitaire à travers le monde entier. Elle mène également des recherches sur l'apprentissage en ligne et la façon dont les utilisateurs utilisent celle-ci. Elle est à but non lucratif et la plateforme utilise un logiciel open source.

EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.

Les deux universités américaines qui financent la plateforme ont investi 60 millions USD dans son développement. La plateforme France Université Numérique utilise la technologie openedX, supportée par Google.

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