SOAS University of London

School of Law

International Investment Law

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of the legal regimes governing international investment.
  • demonstrate detailed understanding of current debates on issues relevant to international investment law.
  • demonstrate detailed understanding of the impact of international investment law on the wider developmental objectives of states.
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of the substantive protections afforded investors under international law.
  • critically interrogate the impact of the international investment law regime on state sovereignty and the exercise of the regulatory powers of the state.
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of ICSID and its dispute resolution system
  • critically evaluate the investor-state-dispute settlement regime.


  • Weekly 2 hour lecture

Method of assessment

  • Coursework: 80% (3000 words)
  • Research outline: 10% (1000 words)
  • Seminar participation: 10% (8 seminars)

Suggested reading

  • Dolzer Rudolf & Schreuer Christoph, Principles of international Investment Law, OUP, 2008
  • Douglas Z, Pauwelyn J & Vinuales JE (eds), The Foundations of International Investment Law: Bringing Theory into Practice, OUP, 2014
  • McLachlan C, Shore L & Weininger M, International Investment Arbitration: Substantive Principles, 2nd ed., OUP, 2017.
  • Miles K, The Origins of International Investment Law, CUP, 2013


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