International Investment Law

ldreu2211  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

International Investment Law
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 This course aims at introducing students to one of the most dynamic, and also one of the most criticized field of public international law. In light of the history of international investment law and its future prospects, students get in-depth analyses of the substantive rules that protect foreign investors and of investor-State arbitration. They also learn about the increasing use of international investment law to promote and protect sustainable development objectives. Equipped with this knowledge, students are able to assess and make their own -informed- opinion on the 'merits' of international investment law, notably in relation to the issue of the right of States to regulate as well as the issue of the legitimacy and adequacy of arbitration to settle investor-State disputes.
The course is divided into four parts. The first one is devoted to the history of international investment law; it explains the inception and evolution of the field since the second half of the 18th century until today. The second part focuses on the rules and standards protecting foreign investors abroad, such as the fair and equitable treatment and the expropriation standards, with a particular insight into the recent evolution of treaty practice. The third part analyses investor-State arbitration from an institutional and procedural perspectives. It also delves into specific issues, for instance applicable law or reparation. The last part of the course inquires into the future of international investment law in light of the current trends in this regime; it analyzes notably the relation between international investment law and sustainable development.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Interactive classes.
To prepare each class, students are required to prepare the assigned materials.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written or oral exam.
Other information
Depending on the situation linked to the Covid and the number of students enrolled, the classes are taught to:
- all the students sitting in the classroom;
- some students sitting in the classroom, the other students attending them remotely;
- all the students attending them remotely.
Online resources
The MOOC on international investment law ( is part of the course. Further information on this will be given during the first session.
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Teaching methods
Move from "comodal" to "full distanciel" because of the evolution of the situation, with some "pédagogie active".
Evaluation methods
Oral exam "en distanciel" via Teams.
Object: Class sessions and MOOC
Type of questions : Open questions
Closed book exam

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Advanced Master in European Law

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Advanced Master in International Law

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Law