Rethinking International Investment Governance: Principles for the 21st Century


Event details

Book Club

Date & time

Monday 29 April 2019


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Emma Aisbett, Jonathan Bonnitcha, Anthea Roberts and Susan Sell


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Foreign Direct Investment and investment governance have become flash points for controversies over environmental protection, public health and policy autonomy. Battles between states and corporations over policies promoting renewable energy, reducing tobacco use, and keeping drugs affordable have been protracted and expensive.

Investor-State Dispute Settlement cases have raised important questions about the growth of corporate power vis-a-vis policy makers.Rethinking International Investment Governance offers an exploration of how the system could be reimagined and reformed to better align with sustainable development goals.

RegNet scholars Emma Aisbett and Susan K. Sell joined a team of 11 other scholars from across the globe to produce this timely analysis.

About the speakers

Emma Aisbett is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance Transdisciplinary Research Leader for ANU Grand Challenge - Zero Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific. She earned her PhD in economics at the University of California Berkeley. Her interdisciplinary work on international investment agreements has influenced both academic debate and policy. Emma has been an invited expert at both the OECD and the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She is an approved supplier of investment policy advice to developing countries through the UK Governments TAF2+ initiative, and a member of the Editorial Committee for the Yearbook of International Investment Law & Policy.

Dr Jonathan Bonnitcha is a Senior Lecturer in Law at UNSW. His primary area of research interest is international economic governance, with a particular interest in investment treaties. Much of his research is inter-disciplinary, drawing on perspectives from the disciplines of economics, political science and socio-legal studies. He has acted in a lawyer in major investment treaty arbitrations, and advised the governments of both developing and developed countries on policy in relation to investment treaties.

Susan K. Sell is Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance. She earned her PhD in political science at the University of California Berkeley. She has published widely on the politics of trade, intellectual property and global governance. She is Emeritus Professor at the George Washington University in Washington, DC and joined RegNet in July of 2016.

Anthea Roberts is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance who specialises in public international law, international economic law, comparative international law and geoeconomics. She is chairing the ANU CAP Geoeconomics Working Group and regularly presents to governments about issues relating to international law and geoeconomics.

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