LL4E7      Half Unit
Investment Treaty Law

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Rishi Gulati NAB 7.24


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

The aim of the course is to introduce students to international investment law and dispute settlement, the latter emphasizing developments in investment treaty arbitration. The course focuses on the public international law rules and institutions that govern investments and investment treaty disputes. The course has four components: (1) the historical, theoretical and policy background behind investment treaties and dispute settlement by arbitration; (2) the rules governing jurisdiction and admissibility of investor-state arbitration cases; (3) the substantive principles and standards - such as national treatment, most-favoured-nation treatment, expropriation, and the minimum standard in international law - that may apply to the investor-state relationships; and (4) recognition and enforcement of investor-state arbitral awards and interaction between international tribunals and national courts.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a Reading Week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students are asked to choose from EITHER an oral moot presentation and written submissions OR one 2,000 word formative essay.

Indicative reading

C.L. Lim, J. Ho, M. Paparinskis, International Investment Law and Arbitration (CUP 2018); R. Dolzer and C. Schreuer, Principles of International Investment Law (2nd edn, OUP 2012); G. Van Harten, Investment Treaty Arbitration and Public Law (OUP 2006)


Research essay (100%, 8,000 words including footnotes)

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2018/19: 31

Average class size 2018/19: 31

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills