Webinar Schedule 2021

The international investment policy regime: the need to reform and implications for developing countries


Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 11:00-12:30 Vienna time (CEST)


Hervé Joly, JVI Director

Hamed El-Kady,
Senior International Investment Policy Officer, International Investment Agreements Section, UNCTAD

Olga Pindyuk, Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies


There is growing tension between the international legal regime concerning foreign investment and the need to promote sustainable development, which has triggered a move towards reforming international investment agreement (IIA) investment regime. Pressing global health, social and environmental challenges have made the need for reform of the IIA regime even stronger. Most investment treaties still do little to support investment that advances sustainable development and the post-COVID recovery.


Reform of the existing stock of more than two thousand old-generation treaties in force today has not yet taken off on a large scale, while the number of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases continues to grow. As of 1 January 2021, 124 countries are known to have been respondents to at least one ISDS claim and the total number of publicly known ISDS claims reached 1,104. With ever-increasing numbers of disputes between foreign investors and host countries, as well as the recent surge in regulatory or restrictive domestic investment policy measures, new thinking is essential in the rules governing international investment. 

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Course Details

Start: 20210831Aug 31
End: 20210831Aug 31

Language: English

Sponsoring Organization: JVI

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Application Deadline: August 31, 2021

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