UNCTAD University IIA Mapping Project

What is the University IIA Mapping Project?

The University IIA Mapping Project is a collaborative initiative between UNCTAD and universities worldwide to map the content of international investment agreements (IIAs). The resulting database serves as a tool for policymakers, researchers and other investment and development stakeholders to understand trends in IIA drafting, assess the prevalence of different policy approaches and identify treaty examples.

The University IIA Mapping Project is an ongoing effort that aims to map all IIAs for which texts are available (about 3,000). Over 1,900 IIAs have been mapped over the course of five mapping segments. The first segment was held from January through May 2013. The sixth mapping segment concluded in December 2016.

The sixth mapping segment, which started in September 2016 involved the participation of 150 students from 30 universities in 23 different countries. During this segment, approximately 650 BITs were mapped by students in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Arabic, Chinese, Italian and Russian.

The University IIA Mapping Project is coordinated by a team supervised by Ms. Elisabeth Tuerk, Chief of the IIA Section at UNCTAD. The current team members include Cree Jones, Ventzislav Kotetzov, Malvika Monga and Diana Rosert. Cree Jones, an Economics PhD student at the University of Chicago and an alum of the Law School at the University of Michigan, planned and initiated the University Project in 2012. The mapping methodology, including a detailed “Mapping Guide”, has been developed based on inputs from UNCTAD staff, consultants and IIA experts.

We thank our partners – students and professors – at over 44 universities around the globe for their time and efforts in mapping for the UNCTAD University IIA Mapping Project.

 

University Partners

 

Argentina

Austral University
University Partner: Juan Stampalija, Assistant Professor
Segment(s): 4
National University of La Plata

University Partner: Facundo Perez Aznar, Professor of International Economic Law
Team Leaders: Justina Granillo, Maria Sarmiento
Segment(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
University of Buenos Aires
University Partner: Silvina Gonzalez Napolitano, Professor of Public International Law
Team Leader: Belen Ibañez
Segment(s): 2, 3, 4, 6
University Torcuato Di Tella

University Partner: Silvina Gonzalez Napolitano, Professor
Segment(s): 4

 Australia

Monash Law School
University Partner: Emmanuel Laryea, Associated Professor of Law
Segment(s): 4, 5, 6

 Austria

Danube University Krems
University Partner: Gabriel Lentner, Lecturer in Law
Segment(s): 6

 Azerbaijan

Baku State University
University Partner: Azar Aliyev
Segment(s): 6

 Brazil

Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro
University Partner: Ely Caetano Xavier Junior, Professor of International Law
Segment(s): 6
Federal University of Minas Gerais

University Partner: Aziz Tuffi Saliba, Professor of International Trade Law
Team Leaders: Bruno de Oliveira Biazatti
Segment(s): 5
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

University Partner: Fabio Morosini
Team Leaders: Luciano Vaz Ferreira
Segment(s): 6

Canada

University of Laval
University Partner: Charles-Emmanuel Cote, Professor of Public International Law
Segment(s): 4, 5
University of Ottawa

University Partner: Anthony Van-Duzer, Full Professor & Celine Levesque, Professor of International Investment Public International Law
Segment(s): 2, 5

China

Xi’an Jiaotong University
University Partner: Wenhua Shan
Team Leader: Peng Wang
Segment(s): 6
Xiamen University

University Partner: Huiping Chen, Professor of International Law
Segment(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

France

Institut d’études Politiques de Paris
University Partner: Walid Ben Hamida, Professor
Segment(s): 2
SciencesPo

University Partner: Regis Bismuth, Professor of Law
Segment(s): 6
University of Burgundy

University Partner: Sebastien Manciaux, Professor of International Law
Team Leaders: Catharine Titi
Segment(s): 5
University of Poitiers

University Partner: Regis Bismuth, Professor of Public Law
Segment(s): 5
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

University Partner: Franck Latty, Professor of Public Law
Segment(s): 5

Germany

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
University Partner: Markus Krajewski, Professor of Public and International Law
Team Leaders: Maria Luque
Segment(s): 1, 2, 4

 Greece

University of Athens
University Partner: Anastasios Gourgourinis, Lectuer in Public International Law
Segment(s): 6

India

NALSAR University of Law
University Partner: Rajesh Kapoor, Assistant Professor of International Commercial Law
Segment(s): 5

Italy

Bocconi University
University Partner: Giorgio Sacerdoti, Senior Professor, Department of Law
Team Leaders: Francesco Montanaro, Carlo de Stefano
Segment(s): 5, 6
Roma Tre University

University Partner: Antonietta Di Blasé, Professor of International Law
Team Leaders: Elettra Ferri
Segment(s): 5

 Japan

Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University
University Partner: Alisher Umirdinov, Assistant Professor
Segment(s): 6

 Mauritius

University of Mauritius
University Partner: Valerie Uppiah, Varsha Mooneeram-Chadee
Segment(s): 6

Republic of Korea

Korea University, School of Law
University Partner: Asif Qureshi, Professor of International Economic Law
Team Leaders: Taehee Ahn, Lee Seo Hee, Yoon-Kyung Lee
Segment(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Seoul National University

University Partner: Hi-Taek ShinTeam Leaders: Bo Yeon Kim
Segment(s): 6

 Russia

Moscow State Institute of International Relations
University Partner: Ilia Rachkov, Professor of International Economic Law
Segment(s): 6
St. Petersburg State University

University Partner: Marina Trunk-Fedorova, Associate Professor
Segment(s): 6

Singapore

Singapore Management University, School of Law
University Partner: Locknie Hsu, Professor of International Trade and Investment Law
Segment(s): 1

Switzerland

University of Geneva
University Partner: Makane Mbengue, Associate Professor of International Law
Team Leaders: Stefanie Schacherer
Segment(s): 5, 6
University of Lausanne

University Partner: Andreas Ziegler, Full Professor & Tarcisio Gazzini, Senior Researcher
Segment(s): 5

 Tunisia

University Tunis El Manar, Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Politiques de Tunis
University Partner: Rym Ben Khelifa, Junior Lecturer in International Investment Law
Segment(s): 6

Turkey

Hacettepe University
University Partner: Sedat Cal, Assistant Professor
Segment(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Istanbul Bilgi University

University Partner: N. Pinar Artiran, Assistant Professor of Private, International Law
Segment(s): 5
Istanbul Sehir University 

University Partner: Yusuf Caliskan
Segment(s): 6

United Kingdom

City University London
University Partner: David Collins, Professor of International Economic Law
Segment(s): 5
King’s College, School of Law

University Partner: Federico Ortino, Reader in International Economic Law & Mona Pinchis, Visiting Lecturer
Segment(s): 1, 2, 3, 5
London School of Economics

University Partner: Andrew Lang, Professor of Public International Law & Chris Thomas, Assistant Professor in Law
Segment(s): 5,6

United States of America

Boston College
University Partner: Frank Garcia, Professor of Law and Dean’s Global Fund Scholar
Team Leaders: Judy Yi & Phillip Cosmos
Segment(s): 2, 3, 4, 5
University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law

University Partner: Diane Desierto, Associate Professor of Law
Team Leaders: Anthony Makana
Segment(s): 2, 4
University of Arkansas

University Partner: Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile, Professor of Law
Segment(s): 6
University of Michigan

University Partner: Steven Ratner, Professor of Public International Law
Segment(s): 2, 5

 

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Sebastian Manciaux, Professor of International Law, University of Burgundy

“Taking part in UNCTAD’s Mapping Project has been a tremendous experience, both for the University of Burgundy academic team and the students. It was a nice opportunity to make the students work on a different project, very much on line with reality. A valuable experience for their personal project and an excellent complement to the “International Investment Law courses we gave, Catharine Titi and I.

mona

Mona Pinchis, Visiting Lecturer, King’s College London

“King’s College London is proud to have been one of the original schools to participate in the mapping project. King’s LLM students volunteered their time towards the mapping of hundreds of treaties. Every year, our students would report that they learned a great deal about the content of investment treaties, often finding it helped them understand the investment policy of their home country. Every year, many students were relieved to discover that most treaties were not as complicated as their training exercise treaty – the Canada-China BIT!”

 

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Frank Garcia, Professor of Law & Dean’s Global Fund Scholar, Boston College

“The UNCTAD IIA Mapping Project is UNCTAD at its best: linking its mission and the technical expertise of its staff with the enthusiasm and good will of an army of law students around the world, towards developing a tool that will support research, build capacity and over time contribute to a more just global investment regime.”

Cote

Charles-Emmanuel Côté, Vice-Dean & Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University

Participating in UNCTAD Mapping Project gave Laval University students a first-hand working experience in international investment law. By its global approach and network, it offered students a unique opportunity to expand their understanding of international investment law and policy. I greatly appreciated the chance to guide them in this project.

huiping

Chen Huiping, Professor of International Law, Xiamen University School of Law

“I have participated in UNCTAD’s IIAs Mapping Project since 2012. Mapping the IIAs helps students to better and deeper understand details of IIAs. They share their experience and happiness with their younger fellow students and encourage them to participate. I am very grateful for this!”

sacerdoti

Giorgio Sacerdoti, Senior Professor, Department of Law, Bocconi University

“It has been an honor for us at Bocconi to contribute to this important project and I am pleased that our PhD students’ work has been appreciated. A great experience for all of them! I look forward to further opportunities of cooperation.”

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Antonietta Di Blase, Professor of International Law, Roma Tre University

“UNCTAD’s IIA Mapping Project is a unique opportunity for students to be personally involved in the growing of a common and shared understanding of the most recent trends and practice in International Investment Law.”

ratner

Steven Ratner, Professor of Public International Law, University of Michigan Law School

“It was a great learning experience for our students. They had a chance to gain close exposure to BITs and compare their findings with students from across the globe.”

 

Facundo

Facundo Perez Aznar, Professor of International Economic Law, National University of La Plata

“I have been involved in the UNCTAD IIA Mapping Project since its first round. Many of the participants are now pursuing their academic and professional careers in the field of international investment law. Personally I feel enriched by the questions, debates and analysis that resulted from the mapping of IIAs. I hope that similar projects involving international organisations and students will develop in other areas of international law. The results of the UNCTAD IIA Mapping Project are no doubt an indispensable tool for anyone involved in the field of international investment law.”

hsu

Locknie Hsu, Professor of International Trade and Investment Law, Singapore Management University, School of Law

“The mapping project was a great opportunity for the Singapore Management University Law School to work with UNCTAD, to contribute to research on investment treaty provisions. Given that the interest in investment treaties is clearly growing in Asia, our students were excited to work with those from other parts of the world in this unique project.”

bismuth

Regis Bismuth, Professor of Public Law, University of Poitiers

“Contributing to the innovative IIA Mapping Project as a team leader has been an extremely enriching experience on many different levels. It offered me new perspectives on how an investment agreement could be read and has therefore broadened my understanding of the treaty framework that governs international investment. All students have also found the experience very instructive and to this extent the IIA Mapping project constitutes an excellent pedagogical exercise for both professors, Ph.D researchers and students interested in international investment law.”

quershi

Asif H. Qureshi, Professor of International Economic Law, Korea University, School of Law

“The UNCTAD Mapping Project gave Korea University Law School an opportunity to make a real contribution to the development of international investment law.”

artiran

N. Pinar Artiran, Assistant Professor of Private, International Law, Istanbul Bilgi University

“Taking part in the UNCTAD IIA University Mapping Project not only entitled our students to analyze state of the art international investment agreements, but it has also been a truly enriching, precious and remarkable experience for Istanbul Bilgi University to cooperate with a prestigious international organisation such as UNCTAD and teaming up with universities that are known worldwide in a field that is fast growing and crucially important for any law student pursuing a legal career that is geared towards excelling at international law, business and investment. It is without any doubt that our students truly appreciated the opportunity to assist UNCTAD through this project and thus being exposed to the challenging legal universe of international investment agreements that will surely provide them with a unique advantage in their legal formation and practice. As a WTO Chair Holder University appointed by the World Trade Organization with whom Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law has been collaborating with since 2010, we are delighted and honoured to extend our cooperation to UNCTAD and we certainly remain committed to the work and projects ahead.”

 

 

 

 

 

Our Partner Universities

 

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