An International Investment Court: Necessary and Feasible

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5.30–6.30pm Thursday 6 July 2017

Fellows Road Law Theatre

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National Universtiy

Professor Steven R Ratner, Michigan Law School


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Nicole Harman

Presented by RegNet, College of Asia & the Pacific, and the Centre for International & Public Law

An International Investment Court: Necessary and Feasible?

In light of growing dissatisfaction with investor-state arbitration, there are now growing calls by some states to establish an international investment court. In 2016, the European Union and Canada sponsored intergovernmental meetings on the need to establish a multilateral investment court. In July 2017, UNCITRAL will be considering whether to add this topic to its future work agenda. But is an international investment court necessary? And would such a proposal be feasible? This is an important issue that many states are currently facing, including Australia which has now been sued twice under investment treaties by Philip Morris and APR.

Chaired by Associate Professor Anthea Roberts.


  • Professor Steven R Ratner »

    Steven Ratner is the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. His research addresses a range of public international law issues, including the normative orders concerning armed conflict, accountability for human rights violations, territorial borders and ethnic conflict, and state and corporate duties regarding foreign investment.  He has served on two expert panels of the UN Secretary-General addressing post-conflict justice in Cambodia and in Sri Lanka and is currently a member of the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law.  His most recent book is The Thin Justice of International Law: A Moral Reckoning of the Law of Nations  (Oxford University Press, 2015).

  • Associate Professor Anthea Roberts »

    Anthea Roberts is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, and comparative international law. Prior to joining the ANU, Anthea was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics (2008–15), a Visiting Professor and Professor at Columbia Law School (2012–15) and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2011–12). She is also a Visiting Professor on the Masters of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute/University of Geneva.

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