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Investor-state arbitration


Bilateral and multilateral investment treaties are agreements between states that contain reciprocal undertakings as to the promotion and protection of investments made by individuals and companies in each other's territories, and provide for the right to refer an investment dispute to arbitration.

We represent both investors and host states in cases concerning issues such as expropriation and discriminatory treatment which fall within the scope of investment treaties. We handle various types of investment treaty disputes, including Energy Charter Treaty and NAFTA arbitrations, and both ICSID and ad hoc (UNCITRAL) arbitrations. We also regularly advise clients on the merits of potential investment treaty claims and legal issues arising in disputes involving states, such as sovereign immunity.