DC Seminar Analyzes International Arbitration Law And Treaties

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 01:00

On Friday, October 28, the DC Bar will offer Essential Security, State of Necessity and Investment Arbitration: Have Law and Treaty Developed? The program begins at noon and ends at 2:00 p.m., and is located at the offices of Arnold & Porter, 555 12th Street, NW in Washington, DC.

Professor José Alvarez, professor of international law at New York University School of Law and former president of the American Society of International Law, will discuss developments regarding the Essential Security Clause and State of Necessity defense in investment treaty arbitration.

As the Argentine awards in the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) investment arbitrations demonstrate, the Essential Security Clause in investment treaties and the State of Necessity defense in international law have been at the heart of the controversy over the scope of investment protections in investment arbitration. Observers wonder if these exceptions to investment treaty protections may swallow the protections themselves or if such concerns are overblown. Neither investment treaty drafting nor arbitral jurisprudence have remained static since investment arbitration first became controversial. Professor Alvarez will address how arbitration awards have considered the impact of Essential Security and the State of Necessity and the course of treaty drafting in the past and future.

For information about available CLE credits and fees, see CLE Events on The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website at www.metrocorpcounsel.com.

To register for this seminar visit www.dcbar.org or call (202) 626-3463.