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International Investment Arbitration (Pahis/Born)
Spring 2020   LAW 965-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 145
This course meets during a special session:
(03/20/20 - 04/24/20)

Gary Born

Bok Visiting International Professor

Stratos Pahis

Lecturer in Law

Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

30% Participation,
70% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

With Permission of Instructor

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.



This seminar provides an introduction to the history, procedures, and substance of international investment arbitration, also known as investor-State dispute settlement. Professors Born and Pahis will divide the seminar’s six classes, with each teaching roughly half of the course.

The seminar begins with an introduction to the general principles underlying investment arbitration and its legal framework. The seminar then proceeds to address a range of specific topics in investment arbitration, such as jurisdictional issues, common substantive protections for foreign investors and their investments under investment treaties, arbitral procedures and applicable law, and the finality of investment arbitration awards. The seminar also addresses current criticisms of the investor-State dispute settlement system and possible alternatives.

Students will be required to write one long paper for the semester. The paper will be due at the end of the semester and is eligible to meet the Senior Writing Requirement. There may also be other smaller assignments. There will be no mid-term or final examination. A strong attendance record and class participation are essential. There are no formal prerequisites for the class.

Note that each class session is 1 hour and 50 minutes, and will be held on the following dates: March 19 March 26 April 2 April 9 April 16 April 18 (Saturday)

Course Concentrations

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.