Investment Law: Current Trends and Challenges LAW5184

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Investment Law: Current Trends and Challenges complements the existing courses of the LLM in international investment law and arbitration by 'zooming in' on questions of current relevance, eg by approaching questions of law and legitimacy through the prism of pending cases or on-going reform initiatives.


Based on 7 seminars of circa 2 hours each, to be delivered through a mix of classroom and online teaching. 

Requirements of Entry

Excluded Courses



Not applicable


Summative assessment through coursework (essay, 4000 words)

Course Aims

In the framework of the LLM in International Investment Law and Arbitration, this course is dedicated of a focused engagement with current issues and challenges. It contributes to attainments of the aims of the programme, viz.

for students to


1. extend their critical understanding and knowledge of the workings of contemporary international investment protection in its legal and political context with a view to applying this knowledge to solving specific investment-related disputes and engaging in debates about a reform of the law;

2. enhance and deepen their professional skills through undertaking problem-focused enquiries and critical analyses relating to the role and place of international law in (a) protecting companies engaged in cross-border investment, and (b) ensuring the necessary regulatory space for States in relation to investment activities

3. advance and improve their employability capacity as international lawyers by developing their legal research, writing, and communication skills


In addition, its particular aim is to

4. ensure familiarity with current debates in law and legal policy, and to ensure students are capable of applying their theoretical and conceptual knowledge to practical problems and challenges faced in international investment law and arbitration.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will have developed and demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as described below.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.