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Expansive Disclosure: Regulating Third-Party Funding For Future Analysis And Reform, Rachel Denae Thrasher 2018 Boston University

Expansive Disclosure: Regulating Third-Party Funding For Future Analysis And Reform, Rachel Denae Thrasher

Boston College Law Review

Third-party funding (TPF) is a relatively new phenomenon in the field of international investment arbitration. TPF takes place when a non-party to a dispute provides funding to one of the parties (usually the claimant) in return for a percentage of the amount recovered. International investment arbitration is a unique context, however, because investor-states dispute settlement puts States always in the role of respondent and private investors in the role of claimants. Despite this apparent imbalance, TPF proponents argue, among other things, that it provides much needed access to justice for poorer clients and adds value to the system by providing ...


Justice For All? Protecting The Public Interest In Investment Treaties, Alessandra Arcuri, Francesco Montanaro 2018 Erasmus School of Law

Justice For All? Protecting The Public Interest In Investment Treaties, Alessandra Arcuri, Francesco Montanaro

Boston College Law Review

Investment arbitration has come increasingly under fire because of its design flaws. There is an emerging consensus that investment treaty arbitration not only falls short of ensuring a sufficient degree of transparency of arbitral proceedings and impartiality of arbitrators, but also that its institutional architecture is unjustifiably asymmetric, entrusting foreign investors with significant rights while no protection is afforded to the host states’ constituencies. In response to these criticisms, several states have attempted in recent years to reform the rules governing investor-state arbitration. A perusal of recently concluded international investment agreements, however, reveals that the reform efforts so far have ...


Should Investment Treaties Contain Public Policy Exceptions?, Caroline Henckels 2018 Monash University

Should Investment Treaties Contain Public Policy Exceptions?, Caroline Henckels

Boston College Law Review

The increasing inclusion of exceptions in newly concluded investment treaties, together with the divergent manner in which tribunals and annulment committees have approached these provisions, suggests that a greater understanding of their role and purpose is needed. In particular, the question whether exceptions operate as permissions or as defenses is a crucial but unaddressed issue that has significant implications for both litigation and practice and, in turn, implications for the stability of the regime. This Essay argues that as a starting point, exceptions should be understood as permissions that limit the scope of the substantive treaty obligations, and not as ...


Making Investment Arbitration Work For All: Addressing The Deficits In Access To Remedy For Wronged Host State Citizens Through Investment Arbitration, Emmanuel T. Laryea 2018 Monash University

Making Investment Arbitration Work For All: Addressing The Deficits In Access To Remedy For Wronged Host State Citizens Through Investment Arbitration, Emmanuel T. Laryea

Boston College Law Review

The current dominant system for resolving international investment disputes is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement system or, more precisely, the Investor-State Arbitration system (ISA). The ISA system has proved to be an effective avenue for remedy for foreign investors whose investments are wrongfully impaired by host states. However, the system is not accessible to Host State Citizens (HSCs) whose interests may be harmed by investors. Wronged HSCs can seek redress in domestic fora only. The domestic fora in many jurisdictions leave many wronged HSCs without remedy, a problem that has long been acknowledged. This Essay proposes a solution. It proposes that ...


(Re)Calibration, Standard-Setting And The Shaping Of Investment Law And Arbitration, Eric De Brabandere 2018 Leiden University

(Re)Calibration, Standard-Setting And The Shaping Of Investment Law And Arbitration, Eric De Brabandere

Boston College Law Review

Calibrating or (re)calibrating investment law and arbitration—depending on whether the exercise takes place for the first or a subsequent time—is different from rebalancing investment law and arbitration. A balancing exercise denotes a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions to maintain a sort of equilibrium. This Essay argues that investment law and arbitration are not necessarily about creating a situation in which all “elements” are in balance and that (re)calibrating is an interesting starting point for a discussion about the contemporary regime of investment law and arbitration, and especially to explore ...


Introduction: Investment Law For The Twenty-First Century, Frank J. Garcia, Sebastián López Escarcena 2018 Boston College Law School

Introduction: Investment Law For The Twenty-First Century, Frank J. Garcia, Sebastián López Escarcena

Boston College Law Review

No abstract provided.


Investment Disputes Oltre Lo Stato: On Global Administrative Law, And Fair And Equitable Treatment, Sebastián López Escarcena 2018 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Investment Disputes Oltre Lo Stato: On Global Administrative Law, And Fair And Equitable Treatment, Sebastián López Escarcena

Boston College Law Review

Global Administrative Law is an academic project that attempts to describe the emergence of a regulatory space beyond the state and to prescribe solutions to the problems it diagnoses through certain normative principles like participation, transparency, reasoned decision-making, judicial review, accountability, proportionality, and legitimate expectations. In the case of investment treaty arbitration, the principles advanced by Global Administrative Law are akin to the constitutive elements of the fair and equitable treatment that international arbitral tribunals have identified in investor-state disputes. As classified by international law scholars, these constitutive elements of fair and equitable treatment include due process, arbitrariness, non-discrimination, vigilance ...


Reforming International Investment Law: Opportunities, Challenges, Paradigms, Frank J. Garcia, Leo Gargne, Eric De Brabandere, Rachel Denae Thrasher, William Park 2018 Boston College Law School

Reforming International Investment Law: Opportunities, Challenges, Paradigms, Frank J. Garcia, Leo Gargne, Eric De Brabandere, Rachel Denae Thrasher, William Park

Boston College Law Review

Transcription of a panel discussion.


Avoiding The Planned Obsolescence Of Modern International Investment Agreements: Can General Exception Mechanisms Be Improved, And How?, Camille Martini 2018 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton;

Avoiding The Planned Obsolescence Of Modern International Investment Agreements: Can General Exception Mechanisms Be Improved, And How?, Camille Martini

Boston College Law Review

In light of the increase in investor-state disputes brought by foreign investors under the arbitration clauses contained in international investment agreements (“IIAs”), treaty negotiators have started to develop safeguards in recent IIAs in an attempt to mitigate the impact of these agreements on their regulatory powers. General exception clauses modeled on Article XX of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade are part of these new treaty provisions. General exceptions clauses are, in their current form, a source of uncertainty rather than coherence. Recent arbitration cases have shed light on the unworkable enforceability requirements contained in general exceptions clauses, preventing ...


Property Rights As Human Rights In International Investment Arbitration: A Critical Approach, Enrique Boone Barrera 2018 Centre for International Governance Innovation

Property Rights As Human Rights In International Investment Arbitration: A Critical Approach, Enrique Boone Barrera

Boston College Law Review

The treaty-based regime of investment protection is said to protect the property rights of foreign investors. Arbitral tribunals are usually tasked with settling investment disputes using principles of international law, some of which refer to the doctrine of protection of aliens. These features have led some commentators to compare the protection of foreign investment with the protection of property rights by human rights instruments and courts. This Essay provides a critical perspective on the relationship between these two systems. The Essay re-examines the widespread assumptions that underlie efforts to find parallels between human rights and foreign investment protection. The analysis ...


Third-Party Funding As Exploitation Of The Investment Treaty System, Frank J. Garcia 2018 Boston College Law School

Third-Party Funding As Exploitation Of The Investment Treaty System, Frank J. Garcia

Boston College Law Review

Third-party funding of international investment arbitration is on the rise. Through TPF funders will cover the legal fees of investors filing claims under investment treaties in exchange for a portion of the arbitral award. Proponents of third-party funding claim that it provides access to justice for parties that normally would not have the funds to arbitrate against state actors. Given that the international investment law that governs these claims is unbalanced, and that funding only flows towards investor-claimants, and at the expense of states and their taxpayers, allowing third-party funding in investment arbitration risks creating unjustifiable wealth transfers from the ...


We Are All Farkhunda: An Examination Of The Treatment Of Women Within Afghanistan's Formal Legal System, Ashley Lenderman 2018 Indiana University Maurer School of Law

We Are All Farkhunda: An Examination Of The Treatment Of Women Within Afghanistan's Formal Legal System, Ashley Lenderman

Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design

In this paper, I will examine three cases of violence against women that went through the Afghan formal legal system: the case of Farkhunda, the Paghman district gang rape case, and the case of Sahar Gul. In the first Part, I will discuss the formal legal system framework on which the cases are based. In the second Part, I will discuss the cases in detail. In the third Part, I will describe neo-liberal, reformist, and neo-fundamentalist approaches to interpretation of Islamic law, and I will then draw out pieces of the decisions from the three cases that closely match these ...


Voila! Taking The Judge Out Of Divorce, Margaret Ryznar, Angélique Devaux 2018 Seattle University School of Law

Voila! Taking The Judge Out Of Divorce, Margaret Ryznar, Angélique Devaux

Seattle University Law Review

This Article examines the possibility of non-judicial divorce in the United States based on the French model. Part I begins by examining the recognition of divorce by agreement of the parties in France. Part II analyzes the judicial role in American divorces, and whether it bars either domestic non-judicial divorce or recognition of foreign non-judicial divorce. Part III undertakes a comparative analysis, concluding that the United States may be amenable to non-judicial divorces that occur not only abroad but, eventually, within its own borders.


C-Drum News, Fall 2018, 2018 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

C-Drum News, Fall 2018

The C-DRUM News

No abstract provided.


The Uncertain Status Of The Manifest Disregard Standard One Decade After Hall Street, Stuart M. Boyarsky 2018 Penn State Dickinson Law

The Uncertain Status Of The Manifest Disregard Standard One Decade After Hall Street, Stuart M. Boyarsky

Dickinson Law Review

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) enables parties to obtain quick and final resolution to disputes without incurring the costs, delays, and occasional publicity of litigation. Indeed, section 10 of the FAA enumerates four specific grounds on which courts may vacate arbitral awards: corruption, fraud, impartiality, and misconduct or incompetence. Yet over the past 60 years, a debate has raged over the existence of an additional ground: the arbitrator’s manifest disregard of the law.

The Supreme Court first enounced this standard in dicta in its 1953 decision in Wilko v. Swan. Over next four decades, every federal circuit court slowly ...


2018 Changes To The Evidence Act And Criminal Procedure Code - The Criminal Justice Reform Bill And Evidence (Amendment) Bill, Siyuan CHEN, Eunice CHUA 2018 Singapore Management University

2018 Changes To The Evidence Act And Criminal Procedure Code - The Criminal Justice Reform Bill And Evidence (Amendment) Bill, Siyuan Chen, Eunice Chua

Research Collection School Of Law

Various portions of the EvidenceAct and Criminal Procedure Code were amended in 2018 vide the Criminal JusticeReform Bill and Evidence (Amendment) Bill; this was a continuation of a seriesof gradual but important changes to the criminal justice system that had begunin 2010 when the old Criminal Procedure Code was replaced. This legislationcomment outlines and briefly analyses some of the most substantive changesbrought about by the 2018 amendments: the video-recording of interviews incriminal proceedings; the introduction of a psychiatrist panel to regulate thereception of evidence from expert psychiatric witnesses in criminal proceedings;and the use of deferred prosecution agreements for certain ...


Reviewing The Use Of “Soft Law” In Investment Arbitration, José E. Alvarez 2018 NYU School of Law

Reviewing The Use Of “Soft Law” In Investment Arbitration, José E. Alvarez

New York University Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers

This essay surveys the extent to which instruments, such as those issued by the International Bar Association for use in arbitration that are not included in the formal sources of international law, are relied upon in investor-state arbitration. It considers the difficulties of defining what some call ‘soft’ or ‘informal’ law, of empirically measuring the extent to which arbitrators resort to it, and of determining whether its use is consistent with the accepted rules of treaty interpretation. It canvasses the significance of soft law in two recent rulings, Urbaser v. Argentina and Philip Morris v. Uruguay. The author, who previously ...


Conflicts And Laudato Si': Ten Principles For Environmental Dispute Resolution, Lucia A. Silecchia 2018 The Catholic University of America School of Law

Conflicts And Laudato Si': Ten Principles For Environmental Dispute Resolution, Lucia A. Silecchia

Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law

No abstract provided.


Adr Empirical Research Studies (Summer 2013-Summer 2018), James Coben, Donna Steinstra 2018 Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Adr Empirical Research Studies (Summer 2013-Summer 2018), James Coben, Donna Steinstra

ADR Empirical Research Studies

No abstract provided.


A Contribution To The Conversation On Mixing The Modes Of Mediation And Arbitration: Of Definitional Consistency And Process Structure, Eunice CHUA 2018 Singapore Management University

A Contribution To The Conversation On Mixing The Modes Of Mediation And Arbitration: Of Definitional Consistency And Process Structure, Eunice Chua

Research Collection School Of Law

One ofthe trends that has been growing in importance in international commercialdispute resolution has been the combining and mixing of modes, particularly ofmediation and arbitration. Surveys of users indicate that the reason for thisgrowth has been the perception that mixing of non-adjudicative and adjudicativemodes can help to achieve certain process goals, such as internationalenforceability, cost-effectiveness and relationship preservation. This article firstsuggests an approach towards articulating the myriad ways that mediation andarbitration may be combined, focusing on mediation followed by arbitration(med-arb), arbitration followed by mediation (arb-med), and opening mediationwindows in the arbitration process (arb-med-arb). It then discusses which ofthese mixed ...


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