Winston & Strawn partners Mark Bravin, Ricardo Ugarte, and Tomás Leonard hosted a Practicing Law Institute (PLI) one-hour briefing webcast titled "Investor-State Arbitration: Effective Means to Resolve Disputes Between a Foreign Investor and the Host State" on September 22, 2011. Companies with investments in foreign jurisdictions can often find themselves exposed to government measures in the host country that may impair the investor's ability to run the foreign operation. The international law of investment claims protects investors worldwide against unfair arbitrary or discriminatory State conduct.
This webcast covered the importance of international law in the process of structuring investments abroad, including:
- An overview of investor-state arbitration
- Foreign investment risk and bilateral investment treaties
- Rules of procedure and substantive law
- Cost considerations and practical problems
- Enforcement of arbitral awards - how it works; ICSID and the New York Convention
The briefing was part of PLI's International Briefing Series.