Sessions

Wednesday, 25 February

10:00 – 13:00      Opening session: plenary 

  • Formalities – election of Chair and Vice-chair cum rapporteur
  • Plenary debate following a few short presentations by lead discussants

15:00 – 16:30       First round of break-out sessions: substantive content of IIAs

  • Scope and definitions
  • Fair and equitable treatment
  • Indirect expropriation
  • Pre-establishment

16:30 – 18:00       Report back by “rapporteurs” of break-out sessions and plenary debate

 

Thursday, 26 February

10:00 – 11:30       Second round of break-out sessions: the sustainable development dimension of IIAs

  • Public policy exceptions
  • Corporate social responsibility and investor obligations
  • Effective rules for promoting sustainable development-friendly investment
  • Investment incentives
  • Interrelationship with other bodies of law

11:30 – 13:00       Report back by “rapporteurs” of break-out sessions and plenary debate

15:00 – 16:30       Third round of break-out sessions: tools for modernizing the IIA network

  • Regional negotiations (consolidation and/or parallelism) / FTAs vs. BITs
  • Multilateral approaches
  • Treaty re-negotiation, treaty expiration and related challenges
  • The role of treaty interpretation in IIA reform

16:30 – 18:00       Report back by “rapporteurs” of break-out sessions and plenary debate

 

Friday, 27 February

10:00 – 11:30       Fourth round of break-out sessions: investment dispute settlement

  • Appeals facility
  • International investment court
  • Investor access to ISDS (e.g. defining subject-matter scope, exhaustion of domestic remedies)
  • Transparency

11:30 – 13:00       Report back by “rapporteurs” of break-out sessions and plenary debate

15:00 – 17:00       Plenary and closing session