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Investor-State Dispute Settlement and National Courts

Current Framework and Reform Options

Authors: Kaufmann-Kohler, Gabrielle, Potestà, Michele

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  • Represents the first comprehensive study on the relationship between ISDS and national courts
    Offers a systematic analysis of current and future interactions between investment arbitration and domestic courts
    Deals with the role of domestic courts in potential ISDS reform scenarios
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This open access book examines the multiple intersections between national and international courts in the field of investment protection, and suggests possible modes for regulating future jurisdictional interactions between domestic courts and international tribunals. The current system of foreign investment protection consists of more than 3,000 international investment agreements (IIAs), most of which provide for investment arbitration as the forum for the resolution of disputes between foreign investors and host States. However, national courts also have jurisdiction over certain matters involving cross-border investments. International investment tribunals and national courts thus interact in a number of ways, which range from harmonious co-existence to reinforcing complementation, reciprocal supervision and, occasionally, competition and discord. The book maps this complex relationship between dispute settlement bodies in the current investment treaty context and assesses the potential role of domestic courts in future treaty frameworks that could emerge from the States’ current efforts to reform the system.The book concludes that, in certain areas of interaction between domestic courts and international investment tribunals, the “division of labor” between the two bodies is not always optimal, producing inefficiencies that burden the system as a whole. In these areas, there is a need for improvement by introducing a more fruitful allocation of tasks between domestic and international courts and tribunals – whatever form(s) the international mechanism for the settlement of investment disputes may take.Given its scope, the book contributes not only to legal analysis, but also to the policy reflections that are needed for ongoing efforts to reform investor-State dispute settlement.

About the authors

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is Professor Emerita of international arbitration of the University of Geneva Law School, where she founded the MIDS program, and is a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, Georgetown University, Sciences Po Paris and Tsinghua Beijing. She is also a Founding Partner of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva. Since April 2018, she is the President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).
Michele Potestà is a senior researcher at CIDS, where he is involved in a research project dealing with the reform of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Within that framework, he has co-authored for UNCITRAL the First CIDS Report on ISDS Reform and the CIDS Supplemental Report. From 2010 to 2013, he was a lecturer at the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), where he taught both investment and commercial arbitration. He has authored numerous publications on issues of investment treaty law and arbitration. Michele is also an attorney at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva, practicing international commercial and investment arbitration.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Scope and Objective of This Study

    Pages 1-6

    Kaufmann-Kohler, Gabrielle (et al.)

  • Why Investment Arbitration and Not Domestic Courts? The Origins of the Modern Investment Dispute Resolution System, Criticism, and Future Outlook

    Pages 7-29

    Kaufmann-Kohler, Gabrielle (et al.)

  • The Interplay Between Investor-State Arbitration and Domestic Courts in the Existing IIA Framework

    Pages 31-86

    Kaufmann-Kohler, Gabrielle (et al.)

  • The Path to Reform of ISDS: What Role for National Courts?

    Pages 87-102

    Kaufmann-Kohler, Gabrielle (et al.)

  • Conclusions and Recommendations

    Pages 103-105

    Kaufmann-Kohler, Gabrielle (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Investor-State Dispute Settlement and National Courts
Book Subtitle
Current Framework and Reform Options
Authors
Series Title
Special Issue
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44164-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44164-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44163-0
Series ISSN
2510-6880
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 117
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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