Seminar: Is politicisation back?

Uppsala University and the National Board of Trade Sweden proudly invite you to the seminar "Investment Arbitration in an Age of Geo-economic Power Struggles: Is Politicisation back?" on 2 February, 2023.

We are glad to announce our speakers:

  • Dr Constantinos Salonidis, partner, Foley Hoag
  • Dr Maria Fogdestam Agius, partner, Westerberg & Partners

The seminar is convened by Jonas Hallberg (National Board of Trade Sweden) and Professor Steffen Hindelang (Uppsala University).

Is investment arbitration the new gunboat diplomacy?

Investment arbitration has been hailed as an important means of depoliticizing economic disputes involving States and foreign investors. The international dispute resolution model involving private parties was introduced inter alia to curb abuses of diplomatic protection in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

But, in an increasingly multi-polarised world, investor-State disputes are still sometimes seen to form part of the arsenal in inter-State power struggles. Investors are suspected of taking instructions from their home States and host States grow more wary about the political or security dimensions of accepting certain foreign investments.

This second edition of the Fireside Talks series therefore ponders whether investment arbitration is the new gunboat diplomacy and whether the drama we see in the hearing room may sometimes be a form of proxy war.

Practical information

Free of charge. Prior registration required 31 January at the latest.

Day: Thursday, 2 Feb 2023

Time: 17:30

Venue: Drottninggatan 89, Stockholm

Part of the seminar series “Investment arbitration in an age of geo-economic power struggles”

By creating a joint speakers’ series on “Investment arbitration in an age of geo-economic power struggles”, Uppsala University and the National Board of Trade Sweden seek to create and disseminate expert knowledge to a broader audience on contemporary economic and legal challenges and to promote interaction and exchange between private practice, government, and academia.

Registration: Seminar 2 February 2023


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