A Multilateral Investment Court: a rise for international adjudication or an exercise in futility?

Hosted by the Department of Law

Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre, Centre Building


Dr Robert Basedow

Dr Robert Basedow

Dr Rishi Gulati

Dr Rishi Gulati

Professor Nikos Lavranos

Professor Nikos Lavranos


Dr Theresa Squatrito

Dr Theresa Squatrito

Hosted by Dr Rishi Gulati from the LSE Department of Law, join a multi-disciplinary discussion on the EU's proposed creation of a Multilateral Investment Court.

Whereas the USA has sought to incrementally reform investor-to-state dispute settlement since the early 2000s, the EU has recently started advocating systemic reforms and proposed the creation of a Multilateral Investment Court. In this timely seminar, three experts examine whether such a court is needed. If yes, what should it look like? The seminar takes an inter-disciplinary perspective with speakers putting forward views from a legal as well as a political science perspective. Dr Robert Basedow discusses how one can explain the markedly different preferences for reform and institutional design. He will assess to what extent diverging understandings of legitimate international law and dispute settlement mechanisms, structural exposures to litigation risks and evolving economic power account for EU and US reform choices. Professor Nikos Lavranos will then put forward his contention as to how the EC hijacked the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law for the creation of another international court that will be underused but will cost us dearly. Finally, Dr Rishi Gulati will make some observations on the implications of the proposed reforms for international economic law in particular, and international law in general.

This seminar is free for all and seating is granted on a first come, first served basis on the door. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception open to all seminar attendees. Please register your attendance via the Eventbrite invitation available here, stating any dietary requirements.

About the chair

Dr Theresa Squatrito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on international organisations and international law. She studies international institutions from a comparative perspective, and addresses debates and questions about institutional design and performance.

About the speakers

Dr Robert Basedow is an Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research and teaching focus on EU trade and investment policy, international dispute settlement mechanisms and international regulatory cooperation.

Dr Rishi Gulati is a LSE Fellow in Law. He has a PHD from King’s College London, Advanced Masters in Public International Law from Leiden University and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University. he is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar, Australia.

Professor Nikos Lavranos is the first Secretary General of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) in Brussels. He received both his Ph.D. in Law and LL.M.-degree (with distinction) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands and a Law degree from J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

About the Department

The LSE Law Department (@LSELaw) is one of the world’s best law schools. The department ranked first for research outputs in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and was in the top 5 law departments overall in the 2018 Complete University Guide. Our staff play a major role in helping to shape policy debates, and in the education of current and future lawyers and legal scholars from around the world.

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