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The Allen & Overy Public International Law Debate


​Has the time come for the establishment of a permanent investment court?

Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) has never been so popular. Nor so controversial. Indeed, ISDS finds itself in the public eye like never before – media coverage of the negotiation of a number of regional trade and investment treaties, numerous claims against EU Member States and other developed states like Australia, coupled with an ever-increasing caseload at ICSID and elsewhere, has brought ISDS in for sustained and widespread criticism from many quarters, despite recent moves to increase transparency in ISDS proceedings. But would a change in the way the cases are heard, by replacing ad hoc arbitrators with a permanent investment court, change this perception?

We are delighted to announce that we will host a debate examining just this question, chaired by the Head of Allen & Overy’s Public International Law Group, Jeffrey Sullivan. We have an extremely distinguished panel of public international law experts:
  • Stephen Fietta
  • Sophie Lamb
  • Ali Malek QC
  • Prof. Philippe Sands QC
The debate will be followed by a drinks reception, allowing attendees to continue the discussion. 


Thursday, 14 January 2016


6.30pm             Registration

7.00pm             Debate

8.30pm             Drinks reception


CDR 5/6/7

One Bishops Square


E1 6AD


If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to




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