The Conference “Key Issues in International Investment Arbitration highlighted the most important and most controversial investment arbitration-related issues and clarified some confusing concepts in the multi-sided relation between host states and foreign investors as precisely reflected in ICSID Caseload. The program included topics on the definition of the investor and the elimination of related ambiguity likely to invoke the denial of benefits condition. Also, expropriation, its definitions and damages, was explored intensively. “How Transparent Could Investment Arbitration Be?” was one of the Conference’s core questions. In exploring answers, the role of states and Amicus Curiae in enhancing transparency of investment dispute resolution was thoroughly discussed.
The focus of the final session was “The Review of Investment Arbitration Awards: A Retro/Pro-spective Analysis”, in the course of which the appeal of arbitral awards proposal was discussed in a thoroughly analytic context. The keynote speech delivered by H.E. Awn Al Khasawnah,eliminated conceptual unfamiliarity related to the overlap of Public International Law and international investment law which sometimes causes confusion in the course of investment dispute resolution.
This exceptionally rich agenda was tackled by 20 expert and speakers from Arab and European Countries as well as the United States of America.
The outreach of the Cairo ICSID events scored 23 countries in attendance being Algeria, Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, France, German, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Yemen.