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International Investment Law & Arbitration

International Investment


International investment law has become a major area of international dispute settlement. Whether it be for lawyers in private practice, in government departments, or in-house counsel, a good understanding of the building blocks of international investment law and how it is embedded in general international law is becoming increasingly important.

Investment arbitration raises challenges distinct from those raised in other forms international dispute settlement, including complex questions of how to value assets and how to develop and position an arbitration practice in a highly competitive arbitration market. At the end of this five-day programme, you  will be equipped with thorough background in the substantive, procedural and strategic aspects of bringing or defending an investment arbitration claim.

This programme provides an advanced introduction to international investment law in the context of public international law and practice. This joint programme offers the opportunity to learn from Cambridge law and Cambridge Judge Business School faculty, as well as leading practitioners drawn from leading law firms and barristers’ chambers. It is designed both for junior practitioners who are developing a practice in international investment law and for more senior lawyers who wish to re-orient themselves to investment arbitration. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance on successful completion of the programme.

View the International Investment Law & Arbitration programme brochure


  • State responsibility, including attribution, defences and carve-outs
  • Treaty interpretation: the VCLT framework and specificities in investment arbitration
  • Strategy for your arbitration practice
  • Jurisdiction and admissibility
  • Expropriation
  • Non-discrimination and fair and equitable treatment
  • How to draft a request for arbitration
  • Evidence
  • Control mechanisms (challenge, nullity, recognition, enforcement)
  • How finance professionals value assets and companies
  • The challenge of diversity in international arbitration
  • Procedural choices


  • Understand how to translate fundamental building blocks of general international law (sources, state responsibility and treaty interpretation) to investment arbitration
  • Learn about substantive and procedural aspects of investment arbitration from a group of 15 leading practitioners and academics at the University of Cambridge
  • Experience first-hand a unique, customised programme delivered jointly by the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education at the premises of one of the world’s best universities and a world-leading research centre in international law
  • Develop a thorough grounding in central substantive treatment standards (expropriation, non-discrimination and fair and equitable treatment), and procedural aspects of investment arbitration
  • An international perspective – network, exchange and debate with leading academics and practitioners and other participants from around the world

Who should attend

  • Lawyers in private practice who are developing a practice in international investment arbitration, and who seek to consolidate their knowledge of international investment law and general international law
  • In-house counsel or government lawyers working on investment arbitrations, alone or with external counsel
  • Lawyers in private practice who wish to expand their practice to include investment arbitration (for example, lawyers specialised in commercial law or international commercial arbitration)

Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
27-31 May 2019 5 days £4,500

* Fees include all programme materials, daytime refreshments, five nights' accommodation in the centre of Cambridge, some Cambridge-based activities, an opening dinner and a formal gala dinner in a Cambridge college. Preferential rates may be available for groups, University of Cambridge alumni and members of the School's Alumni Association. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Anita Rutherford

Lauterpacht Centre Administrator

Version 3 (20 March 2019)


To apply, please send a CV and a one-page statement of interest to Anita Rutherford, Lauterpacht Centre Administrator, Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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