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Book Launch: The Nationality of Corporate Investors under International Investment

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Location: Location: Zoom (see event details for how to register)

Co-Organised by the Liverpool Economic Governance Unit (LEGU), Liverpool Law School and the Centre for Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE), Warwick Law School, in conjunction with The IEL Collective, we are delighted to be hosting a book launch for Anil Yimaz Vastardis' The Nationality of Corporate Investors under International Investment (Bloomsbury, 2020).

About the Book

On 3 December 2019, the Financial Times reported that certain investors have begun restructuring their holdings in the UK public utility companies ‘to create the option of bringing lawsuits under bilateral investment treaties’. This was in response to the promise in the Labour Party manifesto to nationalise parts of public utilities in the UK. By posing as nationals and investors of other countries, a British company such as National Grid could bring itself within the protective remit of investment treaties. The law allows and even encourages such manipulation of a corporate investor’s nationality and identity. In her recently published monograph, Dr Anil Yilmaz Vastardis explores the ramifications of such manipulation and interrogates the interpretative and methodological choices of arbitral tribunals that underpin the increasingly permissive approach of IIA jurisprudence on corporate nationality. In this webinar, she will offer a timely discussion of the complex relationship between two legal fictions, “nationality” and ‘corporation” and their impact on the evolving investment treaty and arbitration practice.

About the Author

Anil Yilmaz Vastardis is Senoir Lecturer at the Essex School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Her main research interests are in the fields of international investment law and business and human rights. Anil leads several projects within the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. Her most recent work with the EBHR focused on improving paths to accountability for human rights and labour violations in global supply chains. This work resulted in a legal guide aimed to assist practitioners and civil society in developing legal claims in this area Anil is one of the founding members of The IEL Collective.

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