Thursday, June 28, 2012

Go On! New U.S. Model Investment Treaty

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest) 
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment and the newly launched Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) will host an "off-the-record" discussion of the 2012 US Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) on July 16. 
The new Model BIT was released by the U.S. government in April of this year after a three-year review process of the previous model, which had been adopted in 2004. The VCC and CICIA are hosting this event to discuss the 2012 Model BIT and how it differs from the 2004 model, and to explore the implications of those differences for investors, governments, and other stakeholders that might be affected by ongoing and future treaty negotiations. Confirmed panelists are: 
Daniel Bahar, Director of Investment Affairs, Office of the US Trade Representative; 
Michael Tracton, Senior Negotiator for Investment Treaties, US State Department; and
Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO; co-chair of Subcommittee on Investment of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy
The discussion will be moderated by Anthea Roberts, a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School. The discussion is the first event to be hosted by the CICIA, which was established this Spring to further the teaching and study of international arbitration. 
The event will take place on July 16th from 12:00 to 1:30 PM at Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street, in room 103. Lunch will be served. For questions, contact Lise Johnson at ljj2107@columbia.edu.  RSVP here

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