Professor James Claxton from Kobe University Extended Summer Semester Course

Published: 2017-06-23 Views: 1282

From June 20 to 23, Professor James Claxton from Law School of Kobe University was invited by Vice Dean Professor Zhu to visit our school. He gave an excellent ICSID Arbitration course to the students.

The course was divided into 5 lectures including a lunch talk and moot court in a combined way of theory and practice to give students opportunity to get to know ICSID and investment protection.

James Claxton teaches courses in international arbitration, international investment law, and the theory of international arbitration at Kobe University in Japan. Before joining the law faculty as a full-time professor, James practiced international arbitration in Paris for six years and was Legal Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington.

ICSID Arbitration class

ICSID Arbitration class

ICSID Arbitration class

Lunch Talk

Moot Court


ICSID is the world’s leading institution devoted to international investment dispute settlement. It has extensive experience in this field, having administered the majority of all international investment cases. States have agreed on ICSID as a forum for investor-State dispute settlement in most international investment treaties and in numerous investment laws and contracts.

ICSID was established in 1966 by the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention). The ICSID Convention is a multilateral treaty formulated by the Executive Directors of the World Bank to further the Bank’s objective of promoting international investment. ICSID is an independent, depoliticized and effective dispute-settlement institution. Its availability to investors and States helps to promote international investment by providing confidence in the dispute resolution process. It is also available for state-state disputes under investment treaties and free trade agreements, and as an administrative registry.
ICSID provides for settlement of disputes by conciliation, arbitration or fact-finding. The ICSID process is designed to take account of the special characteristics of international investment disputes and the parties involved, maintaining a careful balance between the interests of investors and host States. Each case is considered by an independent Conciliation Commission or Arbitral Tribunal, after hearing evidence and legal arguments from the parties. A dedicated ICSID case team is assigned to each case and provides expert assistance throughout the process. More than 600 such cases have been administered by ICSID to date.
ICSID also promotes greater awareness of international law on foreign investment and the ICSID process. It has an extensive program of publications, including the leading ICSID Review-Foreign Investment Law Journal and it regularly publishes information about its activities and cases. ICSID staff organize events, give numerous presentations and participate in conferences on international investment dispute settlement worldwide.

Editor and Phtographer Linda Dong