Investor-State Taskforce

Protecting and facilitating investment within the EU

Late last year, members of IMI’s Investor-State Mediation Taskforce responded to an EU Commission public consultation on “the protection and facilitation of investment within the EU”. The aim of the consultation was to “assess the current framework of investment protection, including both substantive rules and dispute settlement mechanisms”. Below you will find both the a …

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Upcoming Investor-State Training

“There is increasing interest in the potential for mediation to resolve Investor-State disputes. Recent international treaties contain specific provisions on the use of mediation in such disputes, and much work has been done by organizations and institutions to promote the availability and benefits of mediation in this context. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought greater attention …

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What is investor-state mediation?

Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) has to date been dominated by arbitration. However, stakeholders have called for new mechanisms, such as mediation, to settle investor-state disputes. This article is designed to be an introduction to mediation in this context, highlighting the advantages of mediation, and the ways in which it can be creatively combined with …

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Videos available: Investor-state mediation events

The video and summary for the recent IMI-SIMI Investor-State Mediation roundtable is now available. Featuring Judith Knieper (UNCITRAL), Mark Appel (IMI ISDS Taskforce member and former Chair), Alejandro Carballo Leyda (Energy Charter Secretariat), Frauke Nitschke (ICSID), James South (CEDR), and moderated by Wolf von Kumberg. Watch below, or download a summary prepared by SIMI. The …

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Tony Nguyen on Vietnam and the Singapore Convention, and UNCITRAL mediation webinar now available

This week has seen some excellent webinars, including Tony Nguyen’s presentation on Vietnam and the Singapore Convention on Mediation on Wednesday, and an UNCITRAL WGIII session on mediation and its future role in investor-state dispute settlement. UNCITRAL Webinar View all resources here, or watch the video below: Vietnam and the Singapore Convention Thank you to …

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Harvard Investor-State Mediation Report

IMI was a delegate at the 2019 ISDS Mediation Colloquium at Harvard University last December, convened by Wolf von Kumberg, IDR Managing Director, former IMI Board Chair and current IMI Investor-State Taskforce member. The Colloquium resulted in the establishment of an implementation “ISDS Mediation Working Group” (MWG-ISDS) which has now released its first report, entitled …

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Upcoming Investor-State Mediation Events

Two fantastic events on investor-state mediation are taking place online shortly, including an IMI-SIMI ‘Expert Roundtable’ convened by Wolf von Kumberg, and a UNCITRAL webinar aimed at demystifying the use of mediation in investor-state disputes. IMI-SIMI Event—Investor-State Mediation: An Expert Roundtable This roundtable is happening Friday 17 July, at 14:00 Central European Time. It will …

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Leadership changes – IMI Board and Investor-State Taskforce

Pierrick LeGoff steps in as Deborah Masucci departs from her role as IMI Board Chair After joining the IMI Board in 2012 and overseeing its activities as Board Co-Chair for nearly that entire time, Debbie Masucci has departed the IMI Board. We are delighted that she will remain as an Honorary Director, and she stays …

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COVID-19 and Mediation of Investor-State disputes: A way forward

Host states vulnerable to claims by foreign companies for obstructing business and investment with new public health regulations that aim to ‘flatten the curve’ on Covid-19 and protect community wellbeing An article from Rana Kassas, legal scholar and ISDS specialist As companies rush to seek relief from the financial burdens and commercial hurdles created by …

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Wolf von Kumberg on ISDS and the Singapore Convention

Yesterday Wolf von Kumberg gave a presentation on investor-state disputes in the new era of the Singapore Convention, followed by a Q&A session. Watch the video below, download a summary prepared by SIMI, or read Wolf’s prepared remarks. You can view and register for upcoming IMI-SIMI webinars on the Singapore Convention at https://imimediation.eventbrite.com/. Thank you …

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