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21 J. World Investment & Trade 1 (2020)

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Comparative and International Investment Law:

Prospects for Reform - An Introduction



        Georgios Dimitropoulos
        Hamad  Bin Khalifa University College of Law, Doha, Qatar
        gdimitropoulos@hbku.edu.qa



Contemporary   international investment  law and  arbitration are facing chal-
lenges  which  have  been  labelled as  the 'backlash' against  international
investment  law. In response, the backlash-related discussion  has been very
productively transformed  into a reform debate in international organizations2
and academia.3  The present Special Issue of the Journal of World Investment
&  Trade on  'Comparative  and  International Investment  Law: Prospects  for
Reform'  includes contributions  from scholars and  practitioners in interna-
tional law, comparative law, and  international economic  law that deal with
the backlash  and  take different viewpoints, as well as sometimes  different
stances, regarding the future direction of the reform process. All the contribu-
tions follow though a similar methodological approach;  they tap into a rather
underutilized resource of the investment law regime: domestic investment law
and  policy. The articles look at the domestic level of investment governance


*  Associate Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) College of Law; Associate
   Member, Centre for Law, Economics and Society, UCL. I would like to thank Guilherme
   Recena Costa, Clinton W Francis, Susan Karamanian, and Peter Tzeng for their support of
   the project.
i  Michael Waibel and others (eds), The Backlash Against Investment Arbitration. Perceptions
   and Reality (Kluwer 2012).
2  The reform discussion process is prominently taking place within Working Group III:
   Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform of the United Nations Commission on International
   Trade Law (UNCITRAL); see <http://uncitral.org/uncitral/en/commission/working-groups/
   3Investor_State.html> accessed 1 February 2019.
3  The Academic Forum on ISDS has the purpose of providing a venue for academics to
   exchange views, explore issues and options, test ideas and solutions, and hopefully make a
   constructive contribution to the ongoing discussions on possible reform of ISDS, in particu-
   lar to discussions in the context of UNCITRAL's Working Group III; see Academic Forum on
   ISDS, Statement of Purpose (CIDS - Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement,
   12 March  2018) <https://cids.ch/images/Documents/ISDS-AcademicForum/Academic_
   Forum_ISDS_Statement_ofPurpose.pdf> accessed 1 February 2019.


© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/22119000-12340165

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