International Investment Law

Module code: LW7146

Module co-ordinator: Dr Paolo Vargiu

Module Outline

This module is a specialist course intended as an advanced course on the international law on foreign investment. It introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of international investment law, analysing its development, its sources, the problem of the definition of foreign investment under international law and the fundamental actors in the field, from the private investors to the states involved in the issues of investment protection. Significant time is spent dealing with the features of investment arbitration and the role of arbitral tribunals in the development of international investment law. While the module, given its particular characteristics, is suitable for students in the international commercial law, international law and public international law programmes, it is strongly recommended that students in this module have a solid public international law background, or at least a good knowledge of the sources of international law and the law of state responsibility.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, seminars, and private study. Use will be made of the Blackboard VLE to support learning in this module.

Assessment Methods

Research paper on a topic chosen by the student among the 8 listed by the Module Co-ordinator and circulated by the School of Law, not exceeding 5,000 words including and footnotes (but excluding bibliography).


Previous knowledge of International Law required.