Applicable Law in Investor-State Arbitration: The Interplay Between National and International Law

Hardcover | April 5, 2013

byHege Elisabeth Kjos

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This book examines the law, national and/or international, that arbitral tribunals apply on the merits to settle disputes between foreign investors and host states. In light of the freedom that the disputing parties and the arbitrators have when designating the applicable law, and because ofthe hybrid nature of legal relationship between investors and states, there is significant interplay between the national and the international legal order in investor-state arbitration. The book contains a comprehensive analysis of the relevant jurisprudence, legal instruments, and scholarship surrounding arbitral practice with respect to the application of national law and international law. It investigates the awards in which tribunals referred to consistency between the legalorders, and suggests alternatives to the traditional doctrines of monism and dualism to explain the relationship between the national and the international legal order. The book also addresses the territorialized or internationalized nature of the tribunals; relevant choice-of-law rules and methodologies; and the scope of the arbitration agreement, including the possibility of host states presenting counterclaims in investment treaty arbitration. Ultimately, itargues that in investor-state arbitration, national and international law do not only coexist but may be applied simultaneously; they are also interdependent, each complementing and informing the other both indirectly and directly for a larger common good: enforcement of rights and obligationsregardless of their national or international origin.

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This book examines the law, national and/or international, that arbitral tribunals apply on the merits to settle disputes between foreign investors and host states. In light of the freedom that the disputing parties and the arbitrators have when designating the applicable law, and because ofthe hybrid nature of legal relationship betwe...

Dr. Hege Elisabeth Kjos is Assistant Professor of International Law at the University of Amsterdam. Her research and courses focus on international law and international dispute settlement in general, and international investment law and arbitration in particular. In addition, she is a Board Member of Arbitration International, Kluwer...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:April 5, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199656959

ISBN - 13:9780199656950

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Table of Contents

1. General Introduction2. Territorialized and Internationalized Arbitration Tribunals3. Choice-Of-Law Rules4. The Scope of the Arbitration Agreement: Claims and Counterclaims of a National and/or International Nature5. The Primary Applicability of National Law and the Role of International Law6. The Primary Applicability of International Law and the Role of National Law7. Concurrent Application of, and Reference to, National and International Law in Case of Consistency8. Concluding Observations