Paradox of International Investment Law post Brexit

Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp is Associate Professor of Law at LSE(London School of Economics), where his research and teaching focuses on international commercial contracts and arbitration, and investment treaty law.

Professor Leila Choukroune, Director of the Democratic Citizenship Theme invited Dr. Kleinheisterkamp to discuss multidisciplinary issue of investment law and human rights, as well as perspectives for research cooperation.

Book your place on EVENTBRITE and join us over a CATERED LUNCH, and take this opportunity to question Dr. Kleinheisterkamp and Prof. Choukroune.

Prior to joining LSE in 2008, Dr. Kleinheisterkamp was an assistant professor at the HEC School of Management and a research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and Private International Law in Hamburg. He has advised the European Parliament on the interaction between investment treaties and EU law, and is a member of the Governing Body for the Dispute Resolution Services of the International Chamber of Commerce.

If you wish to know more about Dr. Kleinheisterkamp research interests and activities, you can visit his profile page.

‘The dominant justifications for international investment treaties are legal certainty for investors and the international rule of law. That rhetoric, however, ignores that there is a significant asymmetry in the international protection of the rights of those affected by globalisation. This paper contrasts – using as a starting point a speech by Lord Goldsmith – the protection afforded by investment treaties with that of British citizens after Brexit as well as that of African villagers exposed to foreign investments. It concludes that investment treaties, as they have been and currently still are being conceived, can hardly claim legitimacy so long as they do not also incorporate the protection of human rights.’