LAWS371-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

International Investment Law and Arbitration

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


The course examines selected problems in international investment law and arbitration relevant to a New Zealand context. Alternate year offering.

This course complements LAWS338 (World Trade Law). In LAWS338, we deal with the international trade rules as set out in the WTO Agreement. These rules apply almost universally. In this course, we will cover international investment agreements, which are bilateral, such as Chapter 11 of the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement, or regional, such as Chapter 9 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

We will address the substantive rules, ie the interpretation and application of investment treaties, expropriation, standards of protection, as well as the procedural rules, ie the settlement of disputes (state vs state and investor vs state).

LAWS371 and LAWS338 together belong to the broader area of international economic law.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be expected to gain a solid knowledge of the relevant legal framework as well as to develop their capacity to critically analyse issues and developments in this field. The present course will be of interest to students wanting to know more about the international investment rules and their impact on business and public policy, and to broaden their knowledge of international law.  

    Upon successful completion of this course and in accordance with the graduate profile of the Bachelor of Laws degree, students will be able to:

    Assessment task: Essay
  • Carry out independent research and communicate the findings of their research in written form
  • Understand and explain the interplay between investment rules and other legal instruments
  • Locate relevant primary materials
  • Subject those primary materials to critical analysis and use them to create an argument based on international law
  • Relate the knowledge acquired to current matters of international concern

    Assessment task: Final exam
  • Identify legal issues in factual scenarios and construct legal responses to those issues
  • Understand, interpret, apply and critique relevant legal instruments of investment law
  • Read, understand, interpret and critique treaties and the rules relating to their operation
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


LAWS333 and ILAP634


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Meremere 526
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Christian Riffel


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 24 Sep 2021 35%
Final Exam 65%

For full details please see separate documents on Learn and discussed in Week 1.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Y Radi; Rules and Practices of International Investment Law and Arbitration;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Faculty of Law.

All LAWS371 Occurrences

  • LAWS371-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021