Athens – International Investment Law


Continuing our tradition, ELSA Athens is delighted to present to you our 9th edition of the Summer ELSA Law School Athens on International Investment Law! The event will take place in the heart of the summer, from July 14 - 21, 2024, and for yet another year, in the centre of Athens.

Athens combines a rich historical background with contemporary urban scenery in a unique way, and it is the ideal place for you to broaden both your legal and personal horizons. You should expect to enjoy the Greek sunlight and the vibrant rhythm of life in the capital!

The advanced Academic Programme of our SELS focuses on deepening the Participants’ knowledge in the field of International Investment Law, one of the fastest-developing areas of Public International Law. The historical central building of the University of Athens will be the meeting point for distinguished professors, legal experts and students from diverse backgrounds who wish to discuss and enrich their legal knowledge on a wide range of carefully selected sub-topics of International Investment Law.

Through our Social and Cultural Programme, you will have the chance to immerse yourselves in Athens’ cultural legacy and experience the Greek “philoxenia” (hospitality), which literally translates to “love of the foreign”. We guarantee that you are going to love our traditional local cuisine and the night life of a city that never sleeps. You will leave Athens having formed lifelong friendships and with a photo gallery full of Acropolis photos!

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Participation fees
ELSA Member from a favoured country - 335€
ELSA Member from a non-favoured country - 375€
Member from a Partner Organization - 420€
ELSA Alumni - 420€
Non ELSA Member - 440€
Extra fees
Gala Ball - 50€
Trip to Sounio - 30€
SELS Athens Water Bottle - 15€
SELS Athens T-shirt - 14€
SELS Athens Hat - 8€
Athens, Greece
Brown Kubic, Athens
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Academic Partner
Athens Public International Law Center
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Academic Programme

The Summer Law School Athens on International Investment Law has been co-organised annually, since 2016, by ELSA Athens and the Athens Public International Law Center (Athens PIL) of the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a view to provide participating students from all over the world with a comprehensive understanding of International Investment Law, as well as the capacity to locate and compare the various approaches taken by arbitral tribunals and understand the different aspects and controversies of the discipline.

This year’s edition will consist of 6 days of interactive lectures and workshops to provide participants with all the essential tools to grasp the key aspects of International Investment Law while also addressing some of the currently “hottest topics” of the field. In this respect, renowned scholars and practitioners will guide participants through the fascinating universe of International Investment Law. At the same time, a skills training workshop will further enhance the educational objectives of the project.

The preliminary Academic Programme is as follows (subject to change):

  • Sunday
    • None (Arrivals)
  • Monday
    • Sources of International Investment Law and Consent to International Investment Arbitration
    • Investment Arbitration under the ICSID Arbitration Rules
    • Investment Arbitration under the ICC Arbitration Rules
    • Jurisdiction Ratione Personae: Defining Foreign “Investors”
    • Jurisdiction Ratione Materiae: Defining Foreign “Investments”
  • Tuesday
    • Discrimination in International Investment Law
    • Fair and Equitable Treatment & Full Protection and Security in International Investment Law
    • Expropriation in International Investment Law
  • Wednesday
    • Umbrella Clauses in Investment Treaties
    • Defences, Exceptions and Countermeasures in International Investment Law
    • Compensation and Damages in International Investment Law
    • Challenges to and Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards
  • Thursday
    • International Investment Law and Human Rights
    • International Investment Law and Climate Change
    • Debiasing International Investment Law
    • International Investment Law and the Law of Treaties
    • The Legitimacy of Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Friday
    • Powers, Duties and Technological Competence of Investment Arbitrators
    • The Cross-fertilization of International Investment Law
    • The Reform of Investment Treaty Arbitration
    • ICDR Y&I Workshop
  • Saturday
    • International Investment Law and Energy
    • International Investment Law and Foreign Investment Screening
    • International Investment Law and Economic Sanctions
  • Sunday
    • None (Departures)
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