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International Investment Law Seminar

Limit: 15 students

In recent years, governments around the world have negotiated a vast network of treaties designed to stimulate foreign investment. These treaties give substantial rights and protections to covered investors, and it is important for anyone involved in international business to be familiar with them. Meanwhile, the activities of multinational enterprises are increasingly attracting controversy because of their potential adverse impacts on the environment and local communities. This seminar explores investment treaties and other international law governing the treatment and regulation of foreign investment, as well as the challenge of balancing the competing interests and goals implicated by foreign investment, including investor rights and protections, economic development, the sovereignty of host states, protection of the environment, and human rights. Consideration is also given to related issues such as the structuring of investments to secure treaty protection, and treaty-based dispute resolution.

Evaluation is based on a paper on a relevant topic of each student’s choice, subject to approval. It is expected that each student will make a class presentation on the topic of his or her paper. Students may use this class to satisfy the Capstone or W.I.E. writing requirements.

Meets Seminar Requirement, W.I.E or Capstone Writing Requirements.

Qualifies as a Business Law Certificate Level 4 class and a Global Law Certificate class.