Negotiation of Investment Agreements

Start: Dec 4, 2023
End: Dec 15, 2023
Venue: Victoria - Seychelles
Duration: 2 weeks
Start: Dec 2, 2024
End: Dec 13, 2024
Venue: ESAMI Headquarters - Arusha - TANZANIA
Duration: 2 weeks
Statement of Need

This programme provides an introduction to the dynamic field of international investment law, examining the evolution and the nature of the substantive disciplines, including standards and principles of investment protection, recent patterns of treaty-making and particularly investor-state dispute settlement and the evolving body of jurisprudence in investment arbitration. The programme aims to raise awareness among all participants, of the obligations resulting from international investment agreements (IIAs) and the consequences derived from its breach or non-compliance.
This programme will introduce participants to the rationale and main problems arising from the implementation of International Investment Agreements, from the perspective of both States and investors, as well as the most relevant topics in the areas of conflict management, dispute prevention and systems design in the investment field. As we are presently in the midst of a period of unparalleled re-examination and innovation of the investor-state dispute settlement regime, this programme will also address some of the most important policy and rules changes, both proposed and implemented, to improve Investor-State arbitration or as alternatives to that system.

Who Attends

Officials from Trade and Trade Related Ministries, Officials from Regional Economic Communities, Negotiators, and Regional Integration Practitioners are involved in negotiations. Ministries of law including attorney general offices, ministries of foreign affairs, ministries of trade and finance etc. Parastatals and agencies dealing with investment, telecommunications, competition policy, energy, mining, water, health, agriculture, tourism, ICT and such ministries and agencies provide regulatory oversight and overall functioning of the investments.

How participants will benefit

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness and limitations of investment rules and their impact on investment flows, economic development, and sustainable growth;
  • Explain the historical background of the international regulation of foreign investment;
  • To provide a clear understanding of the network and architecture of rules governing investment at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels;
  • Analyze key trends and the legal implications of investment treatymaking;
  • Examine the main features and practical implications of dispute settlement procedures in international investment, with a special focus on investor-State arbitration;
  • Analyze key trends and the legal implications of investor-State arbitration;
  • Explain the difference between dispute resolution and conflict management mechanisms and how such distinction can lead to developing protocols of investor-State dispute avoidance;
  • Explain the most important reforms to policy and regulations regarding investor-State dispute settlement, that have been implemented or proposed as alternatives to Investor-State arbitration or to improve that system