International Investment Law

International Investment Law - Professor George Foster

  • Course Number: LAW-388
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: 15
  • Description: Countries around the world have negotiated a vast network of treaties designed to stimulate foreign investment. These treaties can be extremely valuable to covered investors, providing protection against expropriation and arbitrary or discriminatory treatment and an avenue for pursuing redress before international arbitration tribunals when disputes with host states arise. Yet these treaties are also controversial, because they can restrict governments’ ability to regulate in the public interest, and foreign investment can have adverse environmental and human rights impacts. This course explores investment treaties and other international law governing the treatment and regulation of foreign investment, focusing on: the scope of investment treaties and how to structure investments to secure coverage under them; the diverse substantive protections provided to investors; host state defenses to treaty claims; and the interplay between investor protections, environmental laws and regulations, and human rights.

    International Investment Law is an elective course for the International Law Certificate, the Business Law Certificate, and the Certificate in Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability Law.

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Paper; class presentation
  • Capstone: yes
  • WIE: yes

Students who write a paper that satisfies the Capstone or WIE criteria will be eligible for an additional 1-unit credit, even if they do not use the paper to satisfy either requirement.