The future of investment-related dispute settlement: options and models (UN side event)

This side event will be held on October 25th, 2018, from 13:00 until 14:30 at Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, United Nations, in Geneva.

Organized jointly by the ICJ, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), this session’s goal is to provide a platform for discussion about the benefits and shortcomings of the current model of dispute settlement on investment matters and the needs and directions of future reform.

The debate will assist all participants in the World Investment Forum in understanding the current issues regarding investment dispute settlement and the needs and options for reform with a view to foster a strategy where investment-related dispute settlement and rule of law principles contribute to the sustainable development objectives.

The objectives of the event:

  • Provide a platform for informed discussion among practitioners and interested stakeholders in the area of investment-related dispute settlement
  • Contribute to an improved understanding of the issues at stake and the options for future reform
  • Contribute to the efforts of the international community to achieve common ground in various issues related to investment-related dispute settlement

Issues for debate:

  • What should governments expect from the ongoing UNCITRAL process in reforming investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS)?
  • Should substantive and procedural issues relating to the current model of dispute settlement on investment matters be addressed in a comprehensive way?
  • What are the elements to be considered when discussing the possible creation of an investment court?
  • Would people impacted by investment projects have a role and standing in investment-related dispute settlement?


Vu Thi Chau Quynh, Deputy Director General, Department of Legislation, The Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Kekeletso Mashigo, Director, Legal – International Trade, Investment, Tax Trade Negotiations Unit, International Trade and Economic Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
Colin Brown, Deputy Head of Unit – Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy – DG TRADE – European Commission
Samira Sulejmanovic, Head, Unit for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jane Kelsey, Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Sam Zarifi, Secretary-General of the ICJ.