International Investment Law and Development: Friends or Foes? – Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2013, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend, 22.-23. März 2013
The relationship between international investment law and development is a matter of some controversy. For some, especially those arguing for a change in the current system of investment law and arbitration, investment (law) and development are incompatible. Others point to historical developments and more recent development summits (such as Rio 1992, or Rio +20) to argue that investment (law) facilitates development. The 2013 Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop seeks to re-assess the relationship between the two concepts.
Following the ‘Frankfurt tradition’ of conceptual inquiries into questions of investment law, it will trace the history of both concepts and their interaction and consider how international investment law should be construed to contribute to development.