A ‘Clause Célèbre’ – The Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism
- Date: Thursday 27 April 2017
- Location: Liberty Building SR (1.13)
- Cost: Free
With trade high up agendas, from Trump to Brexit, what does the future hold for ISDS, international arbitration and the resolution of cross-border investment disputes?
This is a free event however registration is required in advance.
In the unprecedented public and political outcry about modern free-trade agreements, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism has perhaps proved the most toxic and controversial issue. Journalist and consultant, Amy Dron, discusses this previously obscure investment agreement clause, regarded as fair and essential for foreign direct investment by some, an assault on democracy and sovereignty by others. Delving into its history and applications, the justifications for, objections to and ramifications of it, the talk aims to dispel myths, identify legitimate concerns and provide a better understanding of ISDS’s origins, cases and implications. With trade high up agendas, from Trump to Brexit, what does the future hold for ISDS, international arbitration and the resolution of cross-border investment disputes?
Amy’s interest in international trade was ignited as she researched the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for an article. As a journalist, she has a keen interest in sustainability, design, technology and social issues and has written for titles ranging from Design and Build Review to The Sunday Times Driving and the PPA (Professional Publishers Association). Sheprovides copywriting and PR services via her company, Amy Dron Consultancy, alongside business development and the research and writing of fundraising documents. Amy is also the editor at OpenLab.fm.