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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

International Investment Law and Arbitration

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Build your expertise in arbitration and foreign investment with some of the most distinguished experts in the field.

The School of International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, is pleased to offer its first-ever Executive Course on International Investment Law and Arbitration designed for governmental lawyers and officials.

Key infomation

When: TBD


  • Government lawyers and officials: £850
  • Others: £1,950

Application deadline: TBD

Course description and aims

This 9-week executive education course offers a comprehensive study of the law and practice of international investment arbitration. The course is primarily (but not exclusively) aimed at governmental officials, who want to build their expertise in dealing with arbitrations involving foreign investors (see participants below). The course offers an integrated programme of state-of-the-art research and practice-based knowledge, legal awareness, and practically applicable skills.

At the end of the course, participants will have a good knowledge and understanding of:

  • The legal, economic, political, and historical context of investment treaty arbitration.
  • Jurisdictional issues and requirements arising from an investment claim under investment treaties.
  • Relevant substantive standards of protection, and how they apply to investment claims.
  • Different procedural and strategic considerations at play at various stages of investment arbitration, including key defences available to States.
  • The various approaches to the quantification of damages.
The Executive Course on International Investment Law and Arbitration was a brilliant way to continue to grow expertise in international investment arbitration without being physically in London. The class had participants from several countries and an array of lecturers who, as arbitration practitioners, gave very insightful perspectives on the topics. The tutorials were the highlight for me, and the reading materials have continued to be a great resource.
— Latifat Folashade Yusuff, Lawyer, company Secretary and Legal Adviser to the National Engineering & Technical Company, Nigeria
The guest lecturers brought intellectual rigor and deep expertise to the curriculum, and the leadership team was superb. I particularly enjoyed the tutorials, where we went deeper into the materials and shared ideas with classmates from all over the world. I highly recommend this course to government lawyers and policymakers active in the field of investor-state arbitration.
— Raoul Renard, Assistant Editor for Technology, Kluwer Arbitration Blog and Deputy Director for Legal Reform, ICC

Delivery Format

Online lectures and tutorials organised by Queen Mary University of London.

The course is spread over 9 consecutive weeks. One topic is taught each week, whereby the content is delivered through four means:

  • Bespoke lecture notes prepared by Queen Mary academics summarizing the key concepts of investment law and arbitration
  • Live lecture (webinar) with leading experts from private practice and government
  • Live interactive Q&A (webinar) with Queen Mary academics
  • Curated readings (journal articles and book chapters from leading textbooks and scholarly works)


The course is designed primarily for Governmental officials wishing to build their capacity to handle arbitrations involving foreign investors (i.e., government lawyers, representatives from governmental institutions and local authorities, judges, and treaty negotiators). However, it is also open to academics, in-house lawyers, and professionals working in international and non-governmental organizations.

Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

Course Directors

Dr Rémy Gerbay

Remy Gerbay

Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Rémy Gerbay holds a permanent academic appointment at Queen Mary University of London, where he is the Co-Director of an LLM programme in arbitration. Rémy is also a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Arbitration group in Washington D.C., and has extensive experience representing clients in international arbitrations across various regions (including North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union). Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Rémy practiced with leading litigation law firms in the U.S. and U.K., where he represented clients in international arbitration proceedings. A former Deputy Registrar of the LCIA and Registrar of DIFC-LCIA, Rémy has been appointed as arbitrator in over 20 international cases. Rémy is a Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group, and a member of the editorial boards of the ICC Bulletin and the Journal of International Arbitration. He is a member of the International Court of AFSA, a leading African arbitration institution.


Professor Stavros Brekoulakis

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Director of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, Arbitrator at 3 Verulam Buildings (Gray’s Inn)

Professor Brekoulakis has extensive experience as arbitrator in both investment and commercial disputes under all major arbitration rules. He serves in several public positions and commissions of trust, including being a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the LCIA Court, and his academic work includes leading monographs and publications in leading legal journals and reviews.


Norah Gallagher

Norah Gallagher

Senior Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair, Queen Mary University of London and Global Associate, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Norah Gallagher is Deputy Director of the School of International Arbitration, and Academic Director of the Energy Law Institute. She is a public international lawyer who has specialised in international dispute resolution for over 20 years. She has advised on a range of issues on international commercial and investment cases and sits regularly as arbitrator.

Course Coordinators

Thomas Lehmann

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PhD Candidate at Queen Mary University of London

Thomas Lehmann is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has experience as an assistant to arbitral tribunals. He holds a Master 2 (summa cum laude) from Paris-1 University Sorbonne an LLM from the City University of Hong Kong.


Dr Mary Mitsi

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Lecturer in Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London

Dr Mary Mitsi has experience with arbitral practice in civil and common law jurisdictions and has worked on international arbitration cases. She is the Academic Lead for Executive Education at the CCLS contributing to the training of industry professionals, government officials, and Judges. She has also led and worked on projects by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international institutions.

Course Authors

Norah Gallagher

Senior Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair, Queen Mary University of London and Global Associate, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Viraj Bhide

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Viraj Bhide is a dual-qualified Indian and French attorney, and an honorary lecturer at Queen Mary's Online LLM in International Dispute Resolution.




External Faculty

This Executive Course features some of the most distinguished scholars and experts on International Investment Law and Arbitration.

Below is the list of our external speakers for the 2021/2022 edition.

Manish Aggarwal

Partner at Three Crowns

Manish Aggarwal is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Indian advocate. He has extensive experience representing and conducting advocacy for corporations and States in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors (including energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and technology) under all major arbitration rules.

Simon Batifort

Partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Mr Batifort has extensive experience representing sovereign states, state- owned entities and private companies in arbitrations conducted under various rules, including those of ICSID, UNCITRAL, and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Ermelinda Beqiraj

Partner at PwC United Kingdom

Ermelinda Beqiraj advises clients and their legal advisors in disputes arising from breaches of contract, transactions (including breach of warranty claims) and investment treaties, in a range of sectors including energy, mining, telecoms, financial services, construction, transport, healthcare and consumer products.

James Boykin

Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed

James Boykin’s practice focuses on international arbitration and includes state-to-state and investor-state arbitration as well as commercial disputes. He has represented investors in treaty arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SCC Rules. He has also represented clients in commercial arbitrations under the ICDR and ICC Rules.

Ian Clemmence

Partner at PwC United Kingdom

Ian Clemmence is a Partner in PwC's London based Forensic Services practice where he specialises in the quantum aspects of arbitrations and litigation disputes. Ian has worked on over 100 expert engagements and been appointed as expert across numerous UK Court and Arbitral matters.

Benjamin Garel

Legal Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Benjamin Garel is Legal Counsel on one of the Case Management Teams at ICSID. Prior to joining ICSID, he worked as an attorney with the law firms of Shearman & Sterling in Paris, Winston & Strawn in Geneva and Stephenson Harwood in London.

Emilie Gonin

Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

Emilie Gonin has represented States, sovereign entities and corporations in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. She has experience of arbitrations conducted under the major arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, HKIAC, SCC, UNCITRAL) across a range of sectors, including energy, real estate, finance, mining and telecoms.

Christopher Harris QC

Barrister at 3VB

Christopher Harris QC is an experienced advocate specialising in complex commercial disputes under English and international law across a range of industry sectors from banking and finance, through energy and natural resources, to infrastructure projects and corporate finance.

Christina Hioureas

Partner at Foley Hoag

Christina Hioureas is Foley Hoag's chair of the United Nations practice group and a partner in the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration practice. Christina represents States, private and State-owned entities, and individuals in international commercial and investment arbitration disputes and public international law matters and advises States on matters before the United Nations and its bodies.

Professor Maria Chiara Malaguti

Professor at Catholic University of Rome and Of Counsel at Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli, Partners

Maria Chiara Malaguti is Professor of International law at Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore (Milan/Rome, Italy). She acts as a legal advisor to the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs on trade and investment matters and to the World Bank on modernization of payment systems, financial markets and governance. In August 2020, Prof. Malaguti was appointed President of UNIDROIT.

Ali Malek QC

Barrister at 3VB

Ali Malek QC is recognised as one of the leading silks at the Commercial Bar, recently singled out as a ‘Star at the Bar’ by Chambers & Partners in their UK Bar 2021 Guide. He is ranked in seven different practice areas in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue

Professor at University of Geneva

Makane Moïse Mbengue is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and Affiliate Professor at SciencesPo Paris (School of Law). He acts as counsel in disputes before international courts and tribunals (in particular, before the International Court of Justice and in investment cases) and as arbitrator.

Cameron Miles

Barrister at 3VB

Cameron Miles has substantial experience with all areas of public international law, with particular expertise in the law and practice of international courts and tribunals, state responsibility, recognition of states and governments, state and diplomatic immunity and international investment law.

Epaminontas Triantafilou

Partner at Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Epaminontas Triantafilou's broad experience in international arbitration includes roles as arbitrator, counsel to private corporations and sovereign governments, as well as legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, secretary to several international arbitral tribunals, and legal assistant to a leading arbitrator.


  • Introductory Seminar
  • Introduction to the History and Legal Framework of Investment Law
  • Jurisdiction (1)
  • Jurisdiction (2)
  • Expropriation
  • Fair and Equitable Treatment & Full Protection and Security
  • Umbrella Clauses
  • National Treatment & Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment
  • Quantification, Assessment & Damages

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