Arbitral Awards as Investments: Treaty Interpretation and the Dynamics of International Investment Law
The rise of international investment arbitration has resulted in the emergence of a number of intriguing legal and political challenges.
One of those is the question of whether or not arbitral awards may constitute investments pursuant to existing investment treaties. In approaching the problem, it is the interconnection between theory and practice that delivers solutions.
This book presents the first detailed analysis of the existing tribunals' approaches to date. In examining the principles of treaty interpretation, their application in arbitral practice, shortcomings and their ramifications and possible routes to improvement, the book addresses the following questions:
- What is the foundation of interpretation in public international law and when is it adequately carried out?
- Can arbitral awards constitute investments, offering relief from frustrated enforcement attempts?
- Is there a trend of convergence of commercial and investment arbitration?
- Do respective interpretative outcomes stem from adequate interpretation?
- What are the ramifications, if interpretation is not fully adequate?
- What are the feasible routes to greater interpretive discipline?
The book is mindful of the underlying public international law principles, such as state sovereignty and the increasing legal and political dynamics of international investment law.
This is the first in-depth treatise on arbitral awards’ qualification as investments within international investment law. Its detailed analysis of the interpretive approaches, their foundation and consequences will, from a theoretical and practical point of view, prove of great value to international tribunals, counsel and sovereign entities.
Maximilian Clasmeier has gained international arbitration experience in the dispute resolution practices of international law firms in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Singapore and worked for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C.