Midway Assessment: Aligning the International Investment System with Environmental Protection - Synergies or Discord

PhD candidate Laura Létourneau-Tremblay at the PluriCourts Centre is presenting her PhD project "Aligning the International Investment System with Environmental Protection: Synergies or Discord".

Laura Létourneau-Tremblay (bilde: UiO)



  • Assessor: Dr Mavluda Sattorova, Reader in International Economic Law, University of Liverpool:
  • Leader of the assessment: Associate Professor Jo Martin Stigen, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo
  • Supervisors: Professor Ole Kristian Fauchald, UiO; Assistant professor Taylor St. John, St Andrews University; and Daniel Behn, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London.


If you wish to participate in the open part of the seminar, please register here.

Please note that the seminar will be held as a Zoom hybrid event. 

About the dissertation

This research project assesses the interplay between international investment law and the environment, asking to what extent is international investment law evolving towards greater sensitivity for environmental protection. More specifically, the project maps the use of environmental language in recently signed international investment agreements (IIAs) and discusses some of the effects of such language on investor-state arbitration (ISA). It reflects also on the extent to which States’ experience with ISA is integrated in investment agreements. This mapping exercise of environmental language allows then to contextualize their inclusion (or non-inclusion) in IIAs. In this respect, the project aims at enhancing our understanding of treaty making and of how adjudicative processes and treaty practice interact at the international level. It also proposes options for increasing synergies between international investment law and environmental protection.

Published Sep. 3, 2021 4:44 PM - Last modified Sep. 27, 2021 8:38 PM