Held on 6 and 7 March 2020, this year’s Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop — co-hosted by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Julian Scheu (Cologne), Stephan Schill (Amsterdam) and Christian Tams (Glasgow) — will take stock of the interaction between international investment law and human rights.

The fundamental question which has dominated the scholarly debate so far remains crucial: How do the two legal regimes relate to each other? Is investment law a threat to human rights, or can it perhaps even facilitate human rights compliance?

At the workshop, participants will engage with this general question, but also pursue more specific inquiries, such as the following: What is the relationship between investment protection, and the human rights to food and water? Do investment agreements take account of international workers’ rights? And how do human rights (if at all) affect the process of arbitral dispute resolution?

The workshop is open to academics, practitioners and students of investment law and related disciplines. Attendance is free, but subject to registration. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt by 21 February 2020.

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