Compliance Politics and International Investment Disputes (COPIID) Kick Off Workshop

On May 30-31, the COPIID research project completed its first physical kick off workshop in beautiful surroundings at Hotel Jeløya Radio, Moss.

Group photo of the research group

The first physical meeting: For many, the workshop was the first time they met with the other members of the group in person. Photo: Hanna Jarstø Ervik

The Compliance Politics and International Investment Disputes research project (COPIID) investigates compliance politics and international investment disputes. It has about 25 participants from various international institutions and disciplinary backgrounds and has been awarded funding by the Research Council of Norway for a five year period.  

The kick off workshop was the first time all the participants met physically to discuss the progress of the project. The workshop was led by the project leaders, Malcolm Langford and Taylor St John, and gathered about 25 participants, in which 19 participated physically and 5-6 participated by Zoom.

Day one – May 30

The first day started with a session addressing the project’s research questions and other overarching theoretical concerns.

The second session provided the participants with an update on the progress of Work Package 1 and the data collection process. A forthcoming database paper was also presented and discussed. In addition, brief presentations were held on some preliminary findings and on how to navigate the coding interface and database.

In the last session of the first day – which related to Work Packages 1 and 5 – policy impact was discussed.

Picture of the COPIID team during a presentation.
Overarching issues: The first day started with a session addressing the project’s research questions and other overarching theoretical concerns. Photo: Hanna Jarstø Ervik. 

Day two – May 31

On the second day, participants discussed collaboration and reflected around group dynamics, before moving on to country- and region specific papers in the second session of the day.

In the third session, papers related to Work Package 2 were presented and discussed, before session four finalized the second day with papers from Work Packages 3, 4 and 5.

The workshop was a success with interesting presentations and engaging discussions over two days. Not least, it was great having a physical workshop after several online meetings.

Discussion among some participants in a sofa
Group dynamics: On the second day, time was set aside to discuss group dynamics and how to promote good cooperation within the group. Photo: Hanna Jarstø Ervik.


May 30

12:00–13:00 Welcome Lunch, Hotel Jeløya Radio

13:00–14:30 Starting Big: Questions & Theories (Malcolm Langford & Taylor St John)

  • Aims of COPIID
    • Discussion
  • Theory paper for special issue on New Approaches to Compliance
    • Discussant: Dan Peat
  • Compliance theory reading group

14:30–14:45 Break

14:45–16:00 WP1: Data & Coding

  • Using the database: Runar Lie
  • Preliminary findings: Even Espelid
  • Database paper: Nicola Strain
    • Discussant: Rachel Wellhausen
  • Next steps on coding and interviews (including interview guide and GDPR approval)

16:00–17:00 WP1 and WP5: Policy Impact

  • Academic Forum Paper: Yuliya Chernykh & Ole Kristian Fauchald
    • Discussants: Emilia Onyema, Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi
  • Diversity, Legitimacy and Compliance Paper: Sergio Puig
    • Discussants: Faadhil Adams, Veronika Fikfak

May 31

9:00–9:40 Collaboration & Principles Underlying the Project (Malcolm & Taylor)

  • Group dynamics exercise and reflection
  • How do we make this project a positive collective experience?
  • How do we best support junior scholars?
  • Authorship and recognition

9:40–10.30 Work Package 1: Country- and Region-Papers

  • Paper: Max Usynin & Szilárd Gáspár Szilágyi
    • Discussant: Ole Kristian Fauchald
  • Paper: Emilia Onyema & Faadhil Adams
    • Discussant: Mavluda Sattorova

10:30–11:00 Break (longer in case working groups or co-authors want to meet here)

11:00–12:30 Work Package 2

  • Paper: Dan Peat
    • Discussant: Nicola Strain, Taylor St John
  • Paper: Mavluda Sattorova
    • Discussant: Laura Létourneau-Tremblay, Max Usynin
  • Paper: Morr Link
    • Discussant: Øyvind Stiansen

12:15–13:15 Lunch

13:15–14:45 Work Packages 3, 4, & 5

  • Paper: Tarald Berge, Øyvind Stiansen & Taylor St John
    • Discussant: Rachel Wellhausen, Runar Lie
  • Paper: Veronika Fikfak
    • Discussant: Malcolm Langford, Yuliya Chernykh
  • Paper: Rachel Wellhausen
    • Discussant: Tarald Berge, Morr Link
Published June 7, 2022 1:07 PM - Last modified Aug. 15, 2022 9:00 AM