International investment arbitration is a fast moving field, with new issues rapidly becoming pivotal to legal practice. This weekly seminar will delve into the cutting-edge topics that promise to make a mark on the field. For the 2018 edition of the course, these hot topics will include, among others, fundamental reform to the international investment dispute resolution system, the problem of corruption allegations, and the role of human rights in investment disputes. The goal of this course is not only to inform students about these emerging issues, but also to give students the analytical tools needed to thrive in a field defined by rapid change.
The course will not rely on a casebook, but instead will use awards and articles to further its goal of exploring emerging issues. Students are expected to read all of the materials and be prepared to engage in active discussion in each class. Twenty-five percent of the grade will be based on class participation, twenty-five percent on participation in formal in-class debates during the last week of class, and fifty percent on a final paper (on an issue of the student’s choice) to be submitted at the end of the seminar. As this is a class on questions for which there are few clear answers, there will be no final exam.