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QLLM188 Regulation of International Investment and Public Policy (Sem 2)

Cannot be combined with module QLLM397/QLLM398.


Module Description:

This module offers a comprehensive treatment of the different regulatory interests that lie behind regulation of international investments. It explores the role and policy goals of international investment law, as evidenced in theory and in investment rule making. It focuses on the relationship between investment promotion and protection and other regulatory interests, such as human rights and environmental protection, enabling students to critically reflect on the appropriate balance of (conflicting) public policy interests.

Module Aims:

This module aims to provide students with the appropriate tools to understand, identify and critically discuss the intricacies of regulation of international investments and the balancing of public policy objectives. More specifically, on completion of this module students will be able to:

  • explain the role and objectives of international investment law in theory and in practice. In order to attain this aim, students will discuss theories on international investment regulation, and will assess their application in investment rule making
  • understand and critically reflect on the relationship between the objectives of investment promotion and protection on the one hand, and other regulatory interests and objectives on the other. Students will engage with a reflective reading of case law on this matter, in order to identify conflicting regulatory interests and their balancing by investment tribunals. Based on their ability to explain the role and objectives of international investment law, students will critically discuss what an appropriate balance of interests should be

Applicable Groupings:

  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in International Economic Law
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Public International Law
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment:

5,000 word course essay


22.5 Credits

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