• Lecture
  • Related Materials

Prof. Jose Alvarez

Mr. José E. Alvarez
Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law
New York University School of Law

Biography Biography in PDF format

International Economic Law
Foreign Investment
An Introduction to the Evolving International Investment Regime
Part I: Introduction
Video | Audio
   (26 minutes)

Part II: Comparing Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
Video | Audio
(35 minutes)

Part III: Critiques of the Investment Regime
Video | Audio
(14 minutes)
International Economic Law
Foreign Investment
An Introduction to the Evolving International Investment Regime
A. Legal Instruments
The Peace of Westphalia (Treaties of Münster and Osnabrück), Münster/Osnabrück, 1648.

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Geneva, 30 October 1947, United Nations, Treaty Series, Vol. 55, p. 187.

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 213, p. 221.

Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States, Washington, 18 March 1965.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Vienna, 23 May 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1155, p. 331.

Convention Establishing the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, Seoul, 11 October 1985.

Treaty between the United States of America and Grenada concerning the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment, Washington, 2 May 1986.

Treaty Between the United States of America and the Argentine Republic Concerning the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment, Washington, 14 November 1991.

North American Free Trade Agreement, International Legal Materials, vol. 32, 1993, p. 289.

Marrakesh Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (with final act, annexes and protocol), Marrakesh, 15 April 1994, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1867, p. 3.

Energy Charter Treaty, Lisbon, 17 December 1994.
B. Jurisprudence
C. Documents
Final Act of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Employment (“Havana Charter”), Havana, 24 March 1948, E/Conf. 2/78.

L.B. Sohn/R. Baxter, Draft Convention on the International Responsibility of States for Injuries to Aliens, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, 1961.

General Assembly resolution 1803 (XVII) of 14 December 1962 (Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources).

General Assembly resolution 2205 (XXI) of 17 December 1966 (Establishment of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law).

Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, Draft Convention on the Protection of Foreign Property, 1963.

Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, Draft Convention on the Protection of Foreign Property, 1967.

General Assembly resolution 3171 (XXVIII) 17 December 1973 (Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources).

General Assembly resolution 3281 (XXIX) of 12 December 1974 (Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States).

Commission on Transnational Corporations, Draft United Nations Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations, 1988.

Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, Multilateral Agreement on Investment Negotiating Text, 24 April 1998.

Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, Paris, 2011.

Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, OECD Code of Liberalisation of Capital Movements, Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation, Paris, 2011.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, United Nations, New York, 2011.

D. Doctrine
J. E. Alvarez, American Classics in International Law: International Investment Law, Brill, 2017.

J. E. Alvarez, “The Use and Misuse of European Human Rights Law in Investor-State Arbitration”, in F. Ferrari (ed.), The Impact of EU Law on International Commercial Arbitration, Juris, 2017.

C. Calvo, Derecho internacional teórico y práctico de Europa y América, D’Amyot and Durand & Pedone-Laurier, Paris, 1868.

D. Ricardo, The Principle of Political Economy and Taxation, John Murray, London, 1817.

G. Van Harten, Investment Treaty Arbitration and Public Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.

G. Van Harten/M. Loughlin, “Investment Treaty Arbitration as a Species of Global Administrative Law”, European Journal of International Law, vol. 17(1), 2006, p. 121.