UCL Faculty of Laws


Investor-state arbitration and the law of state responsibility: recent trends

18 November 2015, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Global Business

Event Information

Open to



International Law Association


UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Speaker: Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at NYU Law School and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
Chair: Dr Martins Paparinskis, UCL Laws
Series: International Law Association (British Branch) Lecture
Admission: Free

About this event

States often pursue commercial or other policies through entities that have some formal distance or independence from organs of the state, such as state trading enterprises, commodities boards, independent regulators and industry self-regulatory bodies, and sovereign wealth funds. The conduct of such entities may have a considerable impact on foreign investors. This talk will explore the question of the extent and circumstances of state liability for such conduct under international investment law, and particularly the application by investor-state arbitral tribunals of the ILC Articles on State Responsibility in answering this question.

About the speaker

Robert Howse is Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at NYU Law School and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, Fall term 2015. He is a co-founder of the New York City Area International Economic Law Working Group, the author of many publications on international economic law, and a frequent consultant on international investment disputes and policy. He has taught as a visitor at, among other institutions, Harvard Law School, the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), Hamburg University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of British Columbia. He tweets on international economic law at @howserob and is a regular contributor to the International Economic Law and Policy Blog, www.worldtradelaw.net. His personal website is www.howseabout.com