Engagement between International Trade and Investment Adjudicators
PluriCourts seminar with postdoctoral fellow Michelle Zang
Courts are ‘talking’ to one another all over the world; and there are many types of transjudicial communication among courts across borders. In this presentation, Zang will focus on the ‘engagement’ between the adjudicators in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and international arbitral tribunals. She focuses on the use of the WTO dispute settlement reports and practice by arbitrators in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) proceedings. Zang will first offer a recount of the current practice, i.e. how the WTO jurisprudence is used in the ISDS proceedings. She will then explore the potential causes of the status quo, i.e. why the WTO jurisdprudence is used by ISDS arbitrators in the current pattern? Afterwards, the analysis will look into the implications and concequences that result from the engaging activities, i.e. what does the use of WTO jurisprudence suggest and where does it lead to?
PluriCourt Seminars are a forum for pluridisciplinary discussion of core issues relating to international courts and tribunals. PluriCourts scholars or invited speakers present new and ongoing research or comment on current questions. The seminars are open to everyone.