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Published on:  09.03.14
Updated:  04.09.14
LLM Programme
• Enseignement et Formation - Droit - Symposium

Workshop: Foreign Investment in the Services Sector

A workshop - organized by Andreas R. Ziegler and Michael Hahn (University of Lausanne), Eric de Brabandere (Grotius Centre, Leiden University) and Tarcisio Gazzini (UNIL - Foreign Services in Africa Project) - will take place on 19 September 2014 at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in the context of the opening of the academic year of the LLM Programme on International and European Economic and Commercial Law, and it will explore the specific problems relating to foreign direct investment in services sector and thus the overlap of International Investment Law and Trade in Services. It will be preceded on 18 September (17:30) by the Fall 2014 Otto-Riese-Memorial Lecture in the framework of the diploma award ceremony of the LLM Programme in International and European Economic and Commercial Law (see separate programme).
Friday 19 September 2014 (9:00 - 18:30)  -  Internef UNIL - Dorigny
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9h00 Coffee and croissants
9h30 Welcome, Professor Michael Hahn, University of Lausanne
9h45 Introduction, Dr. Tarcisio Gazzini, University of Lausanne

Panel 1 Setting the scene: Foreign investment in the services sector
Chair: Professor Attila Tanzi, University of Bologna
10h00 Legal protection of investment in the services sector
Dr Martin Molinuevo, World Bank, Washington
10h30 The role of the WTO and the GATS regarding investment in the services sector
Juan Marchetti, World Trade Organization
11h00 Regulating public services in international investment law
Dr. Francesco Costamagna, University of Torino
11h30 Debate

12h00 Lunch

Panel 2 Specific areas of foreign investment in the services sector
Chair: Professor Eric de Brabandere, Leiden University
14h00 ASEAN liberalisation of foreign investment in the services sector
Pakittah Nipawan, University of Glasgow
14h30 Investment disputes in Indian telecom sector: Lessons learnt and the way forward
Mr. Deepak Raju, Associate Sidley Austin, Geneva
15h00 Foreign investment in water utilities: MENA Area
Naji Merbaby, University of Lausanne; Professor Waleed Zubari, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain; Professor Julal Halwani, Lebanese University
15h30 Legal protection of foreign investments in the energy sector
Dr. Anna De Luca, Bocconi University Milan

16h00 Coffee Break

Roundtable: Foreign investment in the services sector in Africa: The Regional Dimension
Chair Professor Makane Mbengue, University of Geneva
16h30 SADC experience
Professor Amos Saurombe, University of South Africa
16h50 COMESA and EAC experience
Ms. Pauline Mcharo, Graduate Institute Geneva
17h10 ECOWAS experience
Dr. Yaouza Ouro-Sama, Legal Advisor, ECOWAS
17h30 Comments
Sophie Bussmann Kemdjo, Director African Law Library
17:40 Debate
18h00 Conclusions
Professor Andreas Ziegler, University of Lausanne


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