This year’s Asia Pacific Arbitration Group session focuses on investment arbitration. It is 30 years since the first investment arbitration under a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) was initiated against Sri Lanka in 1987. During that time the international law protections offered to foreign investors under BITs and multilateral conventions have become both an important policy tool for host states in attracting investment, while also raising domestic political concerns about the preferential treatment of foreign investors and the impact of claims in response to governmental regulation of domestic economies. The speakers on this panel will share their views and advice on the experience of different Asia Pacific countries facing investor-state claims and look ahead to the future of investment arbitration in the region in light of the recently concluded Trans- Pacific Partnership.
Following the speech, a panel of speakers including Kap-You (Kevin) Kim (South Korea), Pallavi Shroff (India) and May Tai (Hong Kong) will discuss the issues.