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The History of ICSID
  • Publisher :
    Oxford University Press
  • Author :
    Antonio R. Parra
  • ISBN :
    9780199660568
  • Year of publishing :
    2012
  • Format :
    Hardback
  • Pages :
    488
  • Contains a wealth of historical information presented in a clear and organized structure
  • Provides insight from an author with extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of ICSID
  • Offers a comprehensive picture of the generations of ICSID practice and its development
This is the first book to detail the history and development of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and its constituent treaty, the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States, covering the years from 1955 to 2010.

Antonio Parra, the first Deputy Secretary-General of ICSID, traces the immediate origins of the Convention, in the years 1955 to 1962, and gives a stage-by-stage narrative of the drafting of the Convention between 1962 and 1965. He recounts details of bringing the Convention into force in 1966 and theelaboration of the initial versions of the Regulations and Rules of ICSID adopted at the first meetings of its Administrative Council in 1967. The three periods 1968 to 1988, 1989 to 1999, and 2000 to June 30, 2010, are covered in separate chapters which examine the expansion of the Centre's activities and changes made to the Regulations and Rules over the years. There are also overviews of the conciliation and arbitration cases submitted to ICSID in the respective periods, followed by in-depth discussions of selected cases and key issues within them. A concluding chapter discusses some of the broad themes and findings of the book, and includes several suggestions for further changes at ICSID to help ensure its continued success.

The book offers unique insight intothe establishment and design of ICSID, as well as into how the institution evolved and its relationship with the World Bank. It is essential reading for those involved in this field.
Readership: Academics and postgraduate students with an interest in international arbitration and public international law; legal practitioners specializing in investment arbitration; public interest groups concerned with international investment law; international bodies or organizations dealing with investment arbitration; and government lawyers involved with international treaties or international arbitration.