International Investment Law
This course will provide students with an examination of the legal and policy issues affecting foreign investments and foreign investors in host countries, as well as positive and negative impacts of foreign investors (multinationals) on host economies. The course will also deal with problems and controversies challenging the current rules and principles of foreign investment to/from emerging markets (such as the so called BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and new restrictive investment policies, such as mergers & acquisitions screening, introduced by developed states. Students will be introduced to perspectives from international scholars, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the World Bank, the European Union, and other regional parties involved in international investment issues. Students will also address the public international law issues related to international investment, including the diplomatic implications of investment laws, human rights and corporate social responsibility issues related to investment laws, and treaty negotiation and dispute resolution.