Legal Aid and Investment Treaty Disputes: Lessons Learned from the ACWL and Investment Experiences

39 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2018

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Robert Schwieder

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Date Written: December 27, 2017

Abstract

This article evaluates the opportunities for and challenges to the establishment of an advisory center on international investment law (‘ACIIL’), a legal aid facility designed off the successful Advisory Centre on WTO Law (‘ACWL’) but focused on investor-State dispute settlement (‘ISDS’). Drawing primarily on personal interviews conducted with high-placed sources familiar with the historical attempts at establishing investment advisory centers and/or the ACWL's origins and operations, it identifies seven ‘lessons learned’ from those experiences. It concludes that, though the ACIIL’s time has come, that center's future negotiators should be careful to heed the lessons learned by both the ACWL’s founders as well as those diplomats who have previously undertaken ACIIL-like initiatives, which provide invaluable insight into the political, financial, and logistical challenges they will need to overcome.

Keywords: ACIIL, ACWL, investor-State dispute settlement, law, legal aid

Suggested Citation

Schwieder, Robert, Legal Aid and Investment Treaty Disputes: Lessons Learned from the ACWL and Investment Experiences (December 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3093651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3093651

Robert Schwieder (Contact Author)

United States District Court for the Northern District of New York ( email )

NY

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