Participation in this event is by invitation only

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be hosting a special two-day Workshop on Developing Countries’ Challenges and International Investment Law.

Over the past two decades, many commentators have expressed varying concerns about International Investment Agreements (IIAs) and specifically Investor-State  Dispute Settlement (ISDS).  The Workshop sets out to explore whether, and if so, how the current IIA/ISDS system is responsive to developing countries’ goals, priorities and challenges. Our intention is to stimulate debate and produce information that will be valuable for developing countries as they continue to participate in international negotiations and as the system continues to evolve.

The by-invitation only workshop will gather governments, experts and other stakeholders to discuss current issues in the IIA/ISDS system, subject to the Chatham House Rule, and will inspire future CIGI and CIL research and publication.

Event Speakers

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Markus Gehring

CIGI Senior Fellow

Markus Gehring is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

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Armand de Mestral

CIGI Senior Fellow

Armand de Mestral has been a CIGI senior fellow since 2014. An expert in international economic law, Armand is professor emeritus and Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration at McGill University.

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David Schneiderman

CIGI Senior Fellow

David Schneiderman is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. He is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.