Bern, Switzerland

New Frontiers on Investor-State Dispute Settlement: From Arbitration to Courts, Prevention and Management of Disputes

when 23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee CHF 1200

This course will examine the latest trends in the negotiation and implementation of international investment agreements, with respect to investment dispute settlement, dispute prevention and management, devoting particular attention to the most recent jurisprudence in investor-state arbitration and proposals for ISDS reform, including the developments of standing or multilateral investment courts, following developments in the EU, Canada and UNCITRAL, as well as proposals for improving ISDS or replacing it with alternative means. Key features of investor-state arbitration procedures will be explored, such as consent and jurisdiction, the implications of the choice of different procedural rules (with particular focus on ICSID and UNCITRAL), available remedies and post-award remedies.

Course leader

Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, University of Basel, Basel; and Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, and former member of WTO Appellate Body, Geneva

Target group

We accept individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in law, economics or political science, or in an unrelated field supplemented by relevant working experience. Participants are expected to have a strong command of English and should be ready to read a large amount of material in English both prior to and during the Summer Academy.

Course aim

The WTI Summer Academy covers cutting-edge issues in investment and trade law and policy. It is designed for private and public sector and civil society professionals as well as higher-education students. In lectures, discussions and case studies, renowned experts will teach you how to blend the policy aspects of trade and investment with thorough legal interpretation and economic analysis. Becoming a part of the WTI community, you will establish valuable contacts with fellow-minded professionals and lecturers.

Fee info

CHF 1200: Tuition for one week is 1,200 Swiss francs and for three weeks it is 3,200 Swiss francs.


The WTI does not grant scholarships for the Summer Academy. Financial aid, if needed, should be requested from other donor organisations or institutions.

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