Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2018

Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2018

International Investment Law and Constitutional Law
– Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2018 –

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Campus Westend, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 4, Frankfurt, Lecture Hall HZ 14

 9 and 10 March 2018


International investment law and constitutional law have, for a long time, kept maximum distance to each other. Unlike with respect to other areas of international law, constitutional courts and constitutional law scholars, in most jurisdictions, largely ignored international investment law and its constitutional law implications. Similarly, international investment law and investor-state dispute settlement as a whole did not pay much heed to constitutional law and constitutional legal analysis. This mutual disciplinary ignorance is coming under increased pressure though as constitutional courts around the world, including the German Federal Constitutional Court, the French Conseil Constitutionnel and the Court of Justice of the European Union, are being called to address the constitutional limits of international investment law and investment dispute settlement. Similarly, investment tribunals increasingly face constitutional law arguments, and investment law scholarship promotes the use of constitutional legal analysis to step up to the challenges the field is facing as an instrument of global governance. The 2018 Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop will explore the different facets of the increasing interaction between international investment law and constitutional law and critically analyze the opportunities and challenges this interaction creates.


Friday, 9 March 2018

14:00   Opening Remarks and General Introduction
             Rainer Hofmann, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
             Stephan Schill, University of Amsterdam
14.30   Panel 1: (Domestic) Constitutional Law Limits of International Investment Law: A Comparative Perspective
             Till Patrik Holterhus, Georg-August-University Göttingen
                 International Investment Law and the (Domestic) Rule of Law
              Rhea Hoffmann, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
                 International Investment Law, Democratic Legitimacy, and the Protection of Human Rights

              Discussant: Matthias Kumm, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin


              – Coffee break –


16:30   Panel 2: The European Union’s Constitutional Limits of International Investment Law
            Angelos Dimopoulos, Queen Mary University of London
                The Constitutional Framework of the EU’s International Investment Policy
            Hannes Lenk, University of Gothenburg
                The Constitutionality of Intra-EU Investment Agreements
            Discussant: Sabrina Robert-Cuendet, Université du Maine – Le Mans

Saturday, 10 March 2018

09:00   Panel 3: The Role of Constitutional Law in Investor-State Dispute Settlement
              Daniel Behn, University of Liverpool
                 The Role of Constitutional Law in Investor-State Arbitration
              Philipp Donath, Goethe University Frankfurt
                 The Role of Constitutional Law in Investment Treaty-Making and Investment Law Reform
              Discussant: Ilze Dubava, State Chancellery, Republic of Latvia
               – Coffee break –
11:15    Panel 4: International Investment Law as Constitutional Law
             Valentina Vadi, Lancaster University
                  Investor-State Dispute Settlement as Global Constitutional Adjudication
              Joshua Paine, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
                   Investment Protection Standards as Global Constitutional Law
              Discussant: Makane Mbengue, University of Geneva
13:00    Closing Remarks
              Christian J. Tams, University of Glasgow
To register please get in touch with Ms. Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, Email: S.Schimpf@nulljur.uni-
Tel.: + 49 (0) 69 798 34293, Fax: +49 (0) 69 798 34515, by 20 February 2018.