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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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Three Manifestations of Transparency in International Investment Law: A Story of Sources, Stakeholders and Structures

Esmé Shirlow



The notion of transparency manifests in three contexts in international investment law. It manifests first at the point of norm creation, regulating the public availability of information about the norms included in investment treaties and the capacity for interested stakeholders to view or participate in the creation of those norms. Transparency secondly features in the content of substantive investment obligations. In this incarnation, transparency norms empower foreign investors to bring proceedings against States for failures of transparency in State dealings with investors. Finally, transparency features as a procedural requirement for investment arbitration proceedings. Here, transparency refers to the extent to which individual dispute settlement proceedings are publicly accessible or documents produced in those proceedings made publicly available. The precise features of transparency in each of these contexts differ, as do the stakeholders which stand to benefit from transparency. Studying these three distinct manifestations of transparency offers insights into the development of international investment law and the sources, stakeholders and structures which shape it. This article considers each manifestation of transparency in turn (Section I), before considering what they reveal about the nature and structure of international investment law and arbitration (Section II).



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