Cairo, 26-28 October 2009
Co-organised by the MENA-OECD Investment Programme and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), a training workshop on investor-state dispute settlement and the development of a model investment treaty took place at the CRCICA headquarters.
The workshop reviewed investor-state dispute settlement trends, implications, mechanisms and procedures, and addressed alternative forms of dispute resolution. It also dealt with the different elements of a future Iraq model investment treaty and negotiating options: the proposed draft model includes elements of the new Egyptian model and takes account of recent international treaty practice, but still requires further adaptation to Iraqi objectives, context and partners.
The workshop featured high-level experts from the host institution, CRCICA, key Egyptian governmental institutions (the General Authority for Investment and the State Law Suit Authority), academia, Egyptian law firms and the OECD. Also in attendance were six staff members of the Iraq National Investment Commission (NIC) who had attended a previous seminar on 6-8 July in Paris that dealt with the same issues at an introductory level.
This three-day workshop was part of a series of training activities organised by the MENA-OECD Iraq pro.