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From Bilateral Arbitral Tribunals and Investment Courts to a Multilateral Investment Court

Options Regarding the Institutionalization of Investor-State Dispute Settlement

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  • Presents the first comprehensive legal analysis of the feasibility of creating a Multilateral Investment Court
  • Addresses the various requirements for a new multilateral investment court system, from the institutional setup to the enforcement of decisions
  • Concentrates on a strict rule-of-law orientation during the institutional setup of a Multilateral Investment Court
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Part of the book series: European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EUROYEAR)

Part of the book sub series: Special Issue (Spec. Issue)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)


About this book

This open access book considers the potential setup for a future Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). The option of an MIC was first discussed by the EU Commission in 2016 and has since been made an official element of the EU Common Commercial Policy. In 2017, UNCITRAL also decided to discuss the possibility of an MIC, and on 20 March 2018, the Council of the EU gave the EU Commission the mandate to negotiate the creation of an MIC. The “feasibility study” presented here is intended to contribute to a broader discussion on the options for a new international court specialized in investment protection. The cornerstones of such a new permanent court are a strict orientation on the rule of law, reduced costs of investment protection, transparency considerations, aspects of consistency in case law, and the effective enforceability of MIC decisions.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Law, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

    Marc Bungenberg

  • Faculty of Law, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    August Reinisch

About the authors

Marc Bungenberg is Director of the Europa-Institut and a professor of European law and public international law at Saarland University/Germany as well as permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne/Switzerland. His main fields of research are European (Common Commercial Policy, public procurement and state aid law) and international economic law, particularly international investment and WTO law, including especially trade remedies.

August Reinisch has been a professor of international and European law at the University of Vienna since 1998. He currently serves as Head of the Section of International Law and International Relations and as Director of the LL.M. Program in International Legal Studies. He is a Member of the International Law Commission, a membre associé of the Institut de droit international, President of the Austrian Branch of the ILA and President of the German Society of International Law. He has served as arbitrator in investment cases mostly under ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.

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