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A bit of a virtual vade mecum

July 9, 2013

Authored by Frédéric Sourgens, an Associate Professor of Law at Washburn University School of Law.

Surveying recent scholarship, one could be forgiven to think that “international investment law” is a fad. Articles suggest that, like vuvuzelas at football games, “investment law” made a rather noisy entrance, annoyed the majority of onlookers, and destroyed the integrity and purity of a centuries’ long tradition. Many suggest that it would soon be abandoned and treated as an interesting but formidable mistake. Why, then, how should one study international arbitral decisions applying investment protection treaties?

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