The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive, practically oriented overview of the rapidly expanding area of law and practice of arbitration between foreign investors and host states, principally in connection with so-called bilateral investment treaties, or BITs, and principally under the regimes or auspices of the World Bank/ICSID and the Energy Charter Treaty. It is noteworthy that no country has acceded to more BITs than the Federal Republic of Germany.
The course is designed for German and other law students with fluency in English who are contemplating pursuit of a career, particularly in the private law firm context, involving a combination of transnational dispute resolution and public international law in or related to Germany and, for that matter, abroad. The theoretical and practical emphasis is, in roughly equal measure, on civil law, common law and public international law approaches.
For those who attended the recent prior courses "Selected Issues in International Commercial Arbitration" or "Selected Issues in Cross-Border Litigation," this course represents a considerably more focused and intensive discussion of investor-state disputes under established and emerging principles of public international law, as well as the role of such disputes in the overall fabric of transnational arbitration and international law.