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Applicable Law in Investor-State Arbitration
  • Publisher :
    Oxford University Press
  • Author :
    Hege Elisabeth Kjos
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  • Provides a detailed analysis of whether the substantive applicable law in investor-state arbitration, national, international, or a combination of both
  • Critically assesses the theoretical background and practice of arbitral tribunals on conflicts-of-laws issues
  • Offers a full overview of the factors that influence whether national or international law is applied, and the ways in which the other body of law may still indirectly apply to each case
  • Sets out balanced conclusions to the controversial topic of investor rights versus host state sovereignty
This book examines the law, national and/or international, that arbitral tribunals apply on the merits to settle disputes between foreign investors and host states. In light of the freedom that the disputing parties and the arbitrators have when designating the applicable law, and because of the hybrid nature of legal relationship between investors and states, there is significant interplay between the national and the international legal order in investor-state arbitration.

The book contains a comprehensive analysis of the relevant jurisprudence, legal instruments, and scholarship surrounding arbitral practice with respect to the application of national law and international law. It investigates the awards in which tribunalsreferred to consistency between the legal orders, and suggests alternatives to the traditional doctrines of monism and dualism to explain the relationship between the national and the international legal order. The book also addresses the territorialized or internationalized nature of the tribunals; relevant choice-of-law rules and methodologies; and the scope of the arbitration agreement, including the possibility of host states presenting counterclaims in investment treaty arbitration. Ultimately, it argues that in investor-state arbitration, national and international law do not only coexist but may be applied simultaneously; they are also interdependent, each complementing and informing the other both indirectly and directly for a larger common good: enforcement of rights andobligations regardless of their national or international origin.
Readership: Scholars of international investment law; practitioners working in investor-state arbitration; institutions involved in investor-state arbitration