Article from: TDM 3 (2006), in Editorial
The Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) publishers are delighted with this special feature about the conference organised on March 3, 2006. The Harvard International Law Society presented a day-long conference "International Investment Law at a Crossroads" designed both to introduce students to this thriving area of international law and to provide a forum for leading academics and practitioners who wished to discuss the major trends that have been affecting the field for the last fifteen years. The two morning sessions dealt with The Current International Investment Law Regime and Regulatory Autonomy, while the afternoon sessions focused on two more specific topics, namely The Economics of Investment Arbitration and Transparency and Investment Arbitration. Throughout the day, the seventeen speakers shared their views with the audience on the sometimes controversial aspects of the current evolutions and identified the challenges yet to come.
We would like to thank Laurie Achtouk, Rostislav Pekar, Sabina Sacco and Jorge Viñuales of the Harvard International Law Society for their help in preparing this special issue and we are pleased to be able to publish a number of the papers presented at the conference as well as a tribute to Arthur von Mehren, to whom the conference was dedicated.