LAW5384 - International investment law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Dr Emmanuel Laryea

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2019 (On-campus)


For Malaysia Law discontinuation dates, please see

Previously coded as LAW7427


This unit studies the international legal framework for international investments. It provides an understanding of the development of the law, and the economic, political and institutional factors that have shaped the law to its current state. The various sources of law, particularly Public International Law, Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), and regional agreements, are examined. The interrelation between these sources of law, and between international and domestic law, as apply to foreign investments, are considered. The core legal principles and norms that apply to international Investments, such as Expropriation, National Treatment, and Fair and Equitable Treatment, are examined, as are investor - State relations and international investment arbitration.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to international investment law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning

Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to international investment law

Conduct research in international investment law based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods

Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to international investment law.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per teaching period (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements).