Shaping Investor-State Arbitration in a COVID-19 World

September 11, 2020

WASHINGTON – To kick off its fall series on The Americas in Times of COVID-19, Georgetown Law’s Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) will host “Shaping Investor State-Arbitration in a COVID-19 World” on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.


In these extraordinary times, when states have taken emergency measures and are strapped for resources, should the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system operate differently? Have investor complaints started to take form during the pandemic? What measures could states take to prevent investors’ claims or mitigate potential damages? Expert speakers will address proposals to reform the international investment law regime during an hour-long discussion on “Shaping Investor-State Arbitration in a COVID-19 World,” followed by 30 minutes for Q&A.

Subsequent webinars in The Americas in Times of COVID-19 series will include “The Future of Trade” (Sept. 29), “The New Labor Regime under USMCA” (Oct. 13), “The Future of Migration in the Americas” (Oct. 27) and “A Roadmap for Business, Human Rights and Sustainability in the Americas” (Nov. 10).


Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, International Institute for Sustainable Development
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the 73rd Session, UN General Assembly (2018-2019); Ecuadorean Minister of Foreign Affairs (2017-2018)
Brooke Guven, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Lise Johnson, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Matthew Porterfield, Harrison Institute, Georgetown Law

Moderated by: Alvaro Santos, CAROLA, Georgetown Law


Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT


Via Zoom webinar. Link to be provided to registrants.


Please register via this link.