UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Martins Paparinskis re-designated to the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators

20 March 2020

Dr Paparinskis has been re-designated to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators maintained by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Martins Paparinskis

Dr Martins Paparinskis, Reader in Public International Law at UCL Laws, has been re-designated to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators maintained by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He was first designated to serve on the Panel of Arbitrators in January 2014 for a 6-year term.

ICSID is the world’s leading institution devoted to international investment dispute settlement. It has extensive experience in this field, having administered the majority of all international investment cases. States have agreed on ICSID as a forum for investor-State dispute settlement in most international investment treaties and in numerous investment laws and contracts. ICSID was established in 1966 by the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention), which has 154 Contracting States.

Designations to the ICSID Panels are made by ICSID Member States. Each Member State is entitled to designate up to four persons to the Panel of Arbitrators and up to four persons to the Panel of Conciliators. The parties to ICSID Convention arbitration or conciliation proceedings are free to select an arbitrator or conciliator from outside the relevant ICSID Panel and frequently do so. However, if a party fails to appoint or the parties are unable to agree on a candidate and a party requests the Chairman of the Administrative Council of ICSID (ex officio President of the World Bank) to make a default appointment, the ICSID Convention requires the Chairman to make that appointment from the relevant Panel. Similarly, when a party requests annulment of an ICSID award, the Chairman must select the ad hoc Committee members from the Panel of Arbitrators.