SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

The Impact of Investment Treaty Law on Host States: Some empirical insights from Central Asia

Mavluda Sattorova
Dr Mavluda Sattorova (University of Liverpool)

Date: 15 November 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 15 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Seminar


Traditionally, international investment law was conceptualised as a set of norms aiming to ensure good governance for foreign investors, in exchange for their capital and know-how. However, the more recent narratives postulate that investment treaties and investor–state arbitration can improve governance not just for foreign investors but also for host communities. The recent proliferation of such narratives in investment treaty practice, arbitral awards and academic literature raises questions as to their juridical, conceptual and empirical underpinnings. How do host states respond to investment treaty law? This paper will discuss findings from recent empirical case-studies conducted in Central Asian states of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The aim of the study has been to unveil emerging ‘nationally felt’ responses to international investment norms and to contest the existing narratives of international investment law as a mechanism of promoting good governance in developing states.

Speaker Biography

Dr Sattorova’s research primarily focuses on international investment law and investor-state arbitration. Lately she has been exploring an empirically-driven approach to investigating the interaction between investment treaty rules with national law and policy, in particular in developing countries. Dr Sattorova’s monograph ‘The Impact of Investment Treaty Law on Host States: Enabling Good Governance?’ has been published by Hart Publishing in 2018. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project that investigates historical legacies and contemporary challenges shaping local community engagement with investment in natural resource exploitation in Central Asia.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

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