Advanced Research: International Investment Law Seminar (LAW-795IV-001)
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This seminar is intended to provide students with the opportunity to engage in intensive research into various aspects of International Investment Law. Ideally, students should have taken the course on International Law of Foreign Investment (taught every Fall), or other courses on, International Law, International Business Transactions, Bilateral Investment Treaties, International Commercial Arbitration, or similar courses directly relating to the practice and application of investment law. However, that is not a pre-condition for taking the Seminar. This seminar will be most suitable for those students interested in pursuing a career in international investment law. Students will be required to undertake independent and in-depth research into various aspects of international investment law, including but not limited to: what constitutes a “foreign investment”; establishing the nationality of claims; attribution and State Responsibility; expropriation, nationalization and similar acts; breaches of contractual obligations under international law; the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard and other treaty breaches; compensation; and sovereign immunity. Students will be expected to make a presentation on their assigned or chosen research subject and defend the findings among their peers.
Ultimately, the students are expected to continue to work on their chosen subject areas with a view to having the research published. The Research Paper is eligible to fulfill the upper-class writing requirement, if it meets the WCL Guidelines on the subject.Since this is a research seminar there will not be a syllabus for the Course. From time to time presentations will be made by practitioners and specialists on some of the challenging issues in international investment law.
Final Grading for the Course will be based, 75 percent on the final research paper and 25 percent on class participation and the presentation.
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