Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM081: International Investment Law and Arbitration

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Kyriaki Nousia (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


International investment law regulates the entry and treatment of foreign investment, and is one of the fastest-growing fields of public international law. There has been exponential growth in the number of investment treaties and the invocation of their unique systems of dispute settlement (against developed and developing states alike) over the last 30 years. Because foreign investment often involves a host State, in related disputes public international law principles apply alongside the commercial interests of private parties. This module exposes you to a comprehensive analysis of the protections afforded under a typical investment treaty, raises your awareness of the complex international legal elements involved in the resolution of investment and trade disputes. Furthermore, it introduces you to the framework of international arbitration that governs the dispute settlement systems established under such treaties. The module also offers you an opportunity to investigate the common criticisms of both the substance and procedure of investment arbitration. Prior knowledge of arbitration law as well as public international law is highly desirable and is an added element for this module.  

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