LAWS3379 International Investment Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Business Law major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
This unit aims to introduce students to the regime of foreign investment promotion and protection. There are over 3300 international investment treaties. These provide substantive standards of investment protection, as well investment dispute settlement mechanisms to resolve disputes between foreign investors and their host states. This unit addresses a number of basic questions: What is an investment? What is foreign direct investment? Who is a foreign investor? What is the justification for international investment agreements? Why do countries enter into or conclude international investment agreements? To address these questions, this unit will critically engage with the history and political economy of the international law on foreign direct investment. Students will explore investment protection under international investment agreements and international investment dispute settlement mechanisms, the impact of foreign investment law on such topics as human rights, corporate social responsibility, labour rights and environmental protection, and analyse how international investment agreements and arbitration stand to limit the authority of states to regulate for the public interests in these and other areas.
Students are able to (1) describe core concepts in International Investment Law; (2) compare the various sources of International Investment Law
; (3) assess the substantive standards of investment protection and the rights of foreign investors founded on these substantive standards

; and (4) assess the essentials of international investment law, from various perspectives.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) assignment; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dominic Dagbanja
Unit rules
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business or LAWS2206 Taxation Law or LAWS2207 Commercial Law
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