Athens – International Investment Law

International Investment Law is currently one of the most popular fields of international law, given the rapid increase of international investment disputes over the past few years, as well as the theoretical and practical problems arising from possible “overlaps” with other fields of international and EU law.
Addressing a variety of subjects related to international investment arbitration, ranging from investors' Standards of Treatment and Host States' Defences to the implications of umbrella and denial of benefit clauses, the Summer ELSA Athens Law School on International Investment Law gives its participants the ticket to explore an intriguing field of law, along with their own interests.
The initiative for organising such an event was taken in 2016 when along with our academic partner, the Athens Public International Law Center (Athens PIL) of the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, under the academic supervision of Dr. Anastasios Gourgourinis (Lecturer in International Law, UoA; Athens PIL; Research Fellow, Academy of Athens), we decided to host for the very first time a series of lectures dedicated to International Investment Law and International Investment Arbitration.
The Summer ELSA Athens Law School on International Investment Law 2019 is ready to welcome you in Athens! 
Do not miss the chance to invest your summer!
Maximum participation fees
ELSA Member from a non-favoured country - 350€
ELSA Member from a favoured country - 315€
Alumni/Member of a partner organisation - 385€
Non ELSA Member-385€
Maximum extra fees
Gala Ball - 50€
Extra Night - 45€
Athens, Greece
Titania Hotel, Athens | 4-star hotel
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Academic Partner
Athens Public International Law Center (Athens PIL) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Faculty of Law
Academic Programme

Summer ELSA  Law School Athens will consist of interactive lectures, which will provide participants with all the essential tools to grasp the main aspects of International Investment law, while also addressing some of the currently “hottest topics” of the field. Among others, topics that will be addressed include “International Investment Arbitration under the PCA Arbitration Rules”, “(Re)Calibration, Standard-Setting and the Shaping of Investment Law and Arbitration”, “National Treatment and MFN in International Investment Law”, “The Private-Public Divide in International Investment Law”, “The Future of International Investment Law: Towards a Multilateral Investment Court?”, “Economic Crimes in International Investment Law” and others (TBC). The academic programme will also include tutorial workshops that are yet to be confirmed.

Academic Faculty (in alphabetical order):

  • Francisco Abriani (Legal Counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes)
  • Ioannis Apsouris (General Counsel, Hellenic Petroleum Group)
  • Walid Ben Hamida (Professor of Law, Sciences Po and University of Paris-Saclay)
  • Julian Bordaçahar (Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague)
  • Marc Bungenberg (Professor of Public Law, Public International Law and European Law, Saarland University and University of Lausanne)
  • Cristina Contartese (Lecturer in EU Law, European Law and Governance School/European Public Law Organization)
  • Eric De Brabandere (Professor of International Dispute Settlement, Leiden Law School; Director/Head of Department, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies)
  • Michail Dekastros (Associate, Sidley Austin LLP)
  • Mary Footer (Professor of International Economic Law, University of Nottingham)
  • Julien Fouret (Partner, Betto Seraglini; Lecturer, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and Université Paris-Est Créteil)
  • Charalampos Giannakopoulos (Visiting Research Consultant, Centre for International Law)
  • Anastasios Gourgourinis (Lecturer in International Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Athens PIL; Research Fellow, Academy of Athens)
  • Burkhard Hess (Executive Director, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law)
  • Kaj Hobér (Professor of International Investment and Trade Law, Uppsala University; Associate Member, 3 Verulam Buildings)
  • Dimitrios Katsikis (Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP)
  • Csaba Kovacs (Counsel, Independent Consultant)
  • Yarik Kryvoi (Professor of Law, University of West London; Director of the Investment Treaty Forum and Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law)
  • Andrea Menaker (Partner, White & Case LLP)
  • Aliki Athina Papanastasiou (LL.M. Candidate, University of Cambridge)
  • Michail Risvas (Assistant Professor of Public International Law, IE University)
  • Emily Marie Sipiorski (Senior Researcher, University of Hamburg)
  • Panos Theodoropoulos (International Arbitration Associate, Dechert LLP)
  • Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Associate Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford)

During the next months, we will be posting more details about this year’s academic programme and faculty at https://www.facebook.com/SummerELSAAthensLawSchool/

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