25 Feb 2016, Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion

Computational Analysis of International Investment Agreements

Presentation by Wolfgang Alschner (WTI) and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy (University of Strathclyde)

Abstract

More than 3000 international investment agreements (IIAs) have been concluded by 2015 and virtually every country is a signatory. What makes these treaties special is their enforcement mechanism: private investors can sue states directly before international arbitration potentially winning multi-million dollar awards. Given its size and atomized nature, however, practitioners struggle to effectively navigate the IIA universe. To reduce investment law's complexity, this paper introduces a range of computational approaches relying on state-of-the-art technology. Implemented as a web-based tool, these approaches allow researchers, policy makers and litigators to assess similarities and differences between agreements quickly and intuitively helping them to navigate the investment treaty universe.

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