Universität Wien FIND

030835 SE Seminar on International Investment Law (2022S)

for undergraduate and graduate students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 17.03. 18:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG (Kickoff Class)
Wednesday 08.06. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 09.06. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

International investment law consists of those international legal principles that define the obligations of states toward the investments of aliens within their territory. As recently as thirty years ago, this body of law was defined by a relatively few cases and pertinent treaties; today there literally are thousands of investment treaties and hundreds of cases interpreting and applying those treaties. Many of these cases raise issues that were unknown, or at least not discussed, thirty years ago.

The seminar will focus on the many arbitral awards that have interpreted investment law in the meantime.

Presentation and discussion of papers selected by the participants from the list of topics below.

List of topics:

Note: You can also choose a topic that is not on the list, given it corresponds to the thematic priorities.

Investment protection and natural resources. Investment protection and water, sanitation & flood protection.
Investment protection and state bonds.
Investment protection and waste disposal.
Investment protection and health
Investment protection and construction
Investment protection and tourism/hotels
Investment protection and dam constructions
Investment protection and electric power & other energy
Investment protection and transportation
Investment protection and services and trade
Investment protection and finance
Investment protection and information & communication
Investment protection and agriculture, fishing & forestry
Investment protection and state of necessity.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation during the meetings; furthermore, participants will have to prepare a written paper and present it orally in class and will have to discuss the papers of their colleagues.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Graduate and undergraduate students, preferably with some previous knowledge in international (investment) law.

Presentation of draft seminar paper in class (25%), class participation (5%), final seminar paper (70%).

Knowledge of English.

Examination topics

see topics above

Reading list

Für die völkerrechtliche Literatursuche sind folgende Datenbanken besonders empfehlenswert:

- OPAC (Bibliothekskatalog des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, http://www.mpil.de/ww/en/pub/library/catalogues_databases.cfm)

- und der Katalog der Bibliothek des Friedenspalastes (http://www.ppl.nl)


International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes: https://icsid.worldbank.org/apps/ICSIDWEB/Pages/default.aspx

Investment Treaty Arbitration:


Empfohlene Einstiegsliteratur:

Rudolf Dolzer, Ursula Kriebaum, Christoph Schreuer, Principles of International Investment Law, 3nd ed., OUP, 2022.

Association in the course directory

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