“Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform”

CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

Resource Person:
Me. Ashwita Ambast, Co-Registrar of the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Ashwita Ambast is a Co-Registrar of the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC), where together with her Co-Registrar, Ms. Susan Kimani, she heads the MIAC Secretariat and administers arbitrations, pursuant to the MIAC Arbitration Rules 2018 and other procedural rules.

Ms. Ambast also serves as Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). As Legal Counsel, she acts as registrar and tribunal secretary in international arbitrations involving various combinations of states, state entities, international organizations and private parties, including arbitration proceedings under investment laws. She also assists the PCA Secretary-General with appointing authority matters, including challenges, under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and other procedural rules.

Course description: This course will introduce the investor state dispute settlement framework. There will then be a description of Mauritius’ experiences with investment arbitration, with reference to the investment treaties it has signed and to investment arbitration cases to which Mauritius is a party (which are public). The course will then describe the ongoing discussions at Working Group III of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) about reforms to investor-state dispute settlement. The main concerns with the current system of investment arbitration and the reform options being discussed by Working Group III will be highlighted.

Target Audience: Law Practitioners

Experience Level:
Law Practitioners & Legal Officers