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Climate Change in International Investment Law and Arbitration




Speaker: Dr Valentina Vadi - University of Lancaster.

Series: International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) research seminar series.


Can economic development and the fight against climate change be integrated successfully? What role, if any, does international investment law play in global climate governance? Can foreign direct investments (FDI) be tools in the struggle against climate change? What types of claims have foreign investors brought with regard to climate change related regulatory measures before investment treaty arbitral tribunals?

This presentation examines the specific question as to whether foreign direct investments can mitigate and/or aggravate climate change. The interplay between climate change and foreign direct investment is largely underexplored and in need of systematization. To map this nexus, this presentation proceeds as follows. First, it examines the conceptualization of climate change as a global public good. Second, it considers it as an environmental issue. Third, it scrutinizes its conceptualization as a human rights issue. Fourth, it explores critical legal issues raised by the complex interplay between climate change and foreign direct investments. Fifth, some current case studies will be examined. Sixth, the presentation will examine some legal tools to achieve a balance between the different interests at stake. The conclusions will then sum up the key findings of the study.

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1.00pm - 3.00pmWednesday 11th March 2015

AG02 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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