LWMTIT-International Investment Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Andrea Miglionico

Email: pr909131@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:


This module examines core aspects of emerging markets and international investment law. The module discusses the following topics: growth of emerging markets and the rule of law, anti-money laundering, liberalization and investment trade, foreign direct investment, technology transfer, energy investments and climate change, and investment arbitration. The course provides an understanding of the literature related to these issues, how to do research, as well as how the law works in various contexts, and how to work with policymakers. Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America are covered with a view to analyse the role of law and lawyers in encouraging development and growth.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate: (1) an understanding of the core issues in emerging markets and international investment law; (2) the ability to draw upon a body of detailed substantive knowledge gained through course readings, class participation and self-study; (3) the ability to research a specific question related to the module content and produce analytical written work incorporating substantive, theoretical and a practical understandings of the issues that arise; and, (4) an ability to describe and analyse comparative materials from legal and non-legal sources.

Additional outcomes:

In addition to those listed in the School’s "core skills statement", the module encourages the development of: (1) High-level oral communication skills through reflective, analytical class-discussion; (2) High-level writing skills through close and critical analysis of both primary and secondary source material; and, (3) An ability to apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to practical problems that face specialists working in the field

Outline content:

Lectures 1 and 2: Principles of International Investment Law and Introduction to Emerging markets. Lecture 3 and 4: Investments and Investors. The rule of law and judicial reform. Relative Standards of Treatment: Most-Favoured-Nation and National Treatment. Lecture 5 and 6: Anti-money-laundering in global commerce and Corporate Social Responsibility. Lecture 7: International Investment Law and the Environment. Lecture 8: Technology Transfer. Lecture 9: Investment Arbitration. Lecture 10: Revision.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching will consist of 10 x 2-hour seminars. Students will be given the chance to submit a formative assessment which will be marked and returned with feedback. Indicative Reading List is: • R. Dolzer and C. Schreuer, Principles of International Investment Law (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2012). • J. Salacuse, The Law of Investment Treaties (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2015). • K. Schefer, International Investment Law - Text, Cases and Materials (Edgar Elwar, 2013). Additional books: • Z. Douglas, J. Pauwelyn and J. Vinuales, International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2014). • J. Bonnitcha, Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties (Cambridge University Press, 2014). • M.-C. Cordonier-Segger, M. Gehring and A. Newcombe (eds), Sustainable Development in World Investment Law, (Kluwer Law International, 2010). • P. Muchlinski, Multinational Enterprises & the Law (Oxford University Press, 2007). • P. Muchlinski, F. Ortino and C. Schreuer (eds), Oxford Handbook of International Investment Law (Oxford University Press, 2008). • Reinisch (ed.), Standards of Investment Protection (Oxford University Press, 2008). • L. Sachs & K. Sauvant (eds), The Impact of Bilateral Investment and Double Taxation Treaties on Foreign Direct Investment Flows (Oxford University Press, 2009). • O. de Schutter (ed.), Transnational Corporations and Human Rights (Hart Publishing, 2006). • O. deSchutter, J. Swinnen and J. Wouters (eds), Foreign Direct Investment and Human Development, The Law and Economics of International Investment Agreements (Routledge, 2012). • S. Schill, (ed.), International Investment Law and Comparative Public Law, (Oxford University Press, 2010). • M. Sornarajah, The International Law on Foreign Investment, (Cambridge University Press, 2010). • J. Viñuales, Foreign Investment and the Environment in International Law (Cambridge University Press 2012).

A lecture handout will be provided for each class with a detailed list of essential readings, cases, legislative framework and additional further readings.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
1 assessed essay of 15 pages (formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules)

Formative assessment methods:
One formative assessment task which is an important component of students’ progress towards the learning outcomes of the module.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the standard University policy
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme Handbook

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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