Call for Papers: The Present and Future Role of Investment Treaty Arbitration in Adjudicating Environmental Disputes
PluriCourts, a Centre of Excellence at the University of Olso is organizing an international
symposium entitled ‘The Present and Future Role of Investment Treaty Arbitration in
Adjudicating Environmental Disputes’. The symposium will be hosted at the faculty of law of the
University of Oslo on the 5 and 6 November 2015.
This symposium will focus on investment treaty arbitration from a forward-looking perspective
on how future practice might be shaped or reformed in a way that can both promote
environmental sustainability and protect responsible and legitimate foreign investments. In light
of this focus, the symposium will engage participants in discussions on specific reform
proposals and practical policy and treaty practice responses to issues dealing with how
international investment law and environmental law might become more mutually supportive
and complimentary especially in the context of the adjudication of foreign investment disputes
concerning environmental issues.
The symposium aims at fostering discussion on the ways in which international investment law
and environmental law can be mutually supportive and complimentary. For example, this
mutually supportive approach could be investigated from a number of angles: 1) how, when,
and to what extent can future IIA practice – as informed by existing treaty practice and
jurisprudence – integrate environmental sustainability and protection components (ie GATT-like
general exceptions, sustainable development obligations) while still protecting legitimate foreign investments; 2) how, when, and to what extent could environmental agreements (especially those relating to the funding of climate change mitigation and adaptation) incorporate ‘green’ investment protections that are subject to dispute settlement provisions; and 3) how might investment treaty tribunals help promote a state’s compliance with its own environmental obligations where such compliance is the basis of the foreign investor’s claim (ie the pending Allard v Barbados claim).
We invite papers to be presented and discussed on the theme of this symposium. We
remind applicants to focus specifically on issues of adjudication related to treaty-based
arbitrations involving environmental aspects. Please send your abstract (word limit: 500 words)
with a CV to: email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is 15 July 2015. Notification of
acceptance will be given in the beginning of September 2015. We aim at publishing 5 to 6
selected papers in a special issue of the Journal of World Investment and Trade.