LWMTTAD-Investment Treaty Arbitration (Distance Learning)

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Miss Pamela Nika

Email: p.nika@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module is designed to:
• promote an understanding of the operations of investment treaty arbitration
• promote a critical awareness of key structures, legal and policy issues in dispute resolution relevant to foreign direct investment
• offer an understanding of, and encourage critical reflection upon, the underlying economic and legal concepts determining the choice of dispute resolution methods by foreign investors

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the institutional and normative foundations of international investment law
• Evaluate the existing international investment dispute resolution mechanisms from a legal perspective
• Appreciate the role of different dispute settlement agencies and techniques
• Critically appraise investment treaty arbitration from the perspective of different groups of states, business interests and other interest groups
• Carry out competent and independent research into some aspects of the law relating to investment treaty arbitration
• Present and communicate their research findings effectively

Additional outcomes:
In addition to those listed in the School’s ‘core skills statement’, the module will encourage the development of:
• The ability to comment on the current state of the law and its future directions towards effective resolution of state-investor disputes

Outline content:
The module consists of the following main themes:

1. The concept of Foreign Direct Investment
2. Challenges in Public-Private Contracting
3. The history and content of Investment Treaties
4. Alternative Dispute Resolution involving states
5. ICSID (International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes)
6. Dispute resolution under NAFTA, the WTO and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a mixture of audio-recorded lectures and on-line tutorials.
The on-line tutorials re-create a seminar environment in a virtual space. The tutor and the students communicate in real time via audio or written messages in the chat box. Discussions will be based on tutor-provided material in order to deepen student learning and encourage engagement with the study material.

Students will also be given the opportunity to submit a formative assessment which will be marked and returned with feedback. The mark will not count towards the module total, but the feedback is intended to provide both students and tutor with the opportunity to see how they are progressing and how they can improve, if necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Tutorials 7
Guided independent study 88
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
1 x 8 page essay (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):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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