The goal of the Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee (IASC) is to create a continuous platform for IPBA members to engage actively with investment arbitration, an important and highly specialist part of dispute resolution and arbitration, in the Asia-Pacific region.
The IASC envisages initiatives that have the potential to make a legal and practical impact beyond the framework of the IPBA. At the same time, the IASC is to serve as a forum for IPBA membership to discuss and explore some of the relevant core topics of investment arbitration. This can be done at Annual Meetings and Conferences or IPBA Arbitration Days, through self-standing events and webinars, and by way of specific newsletters (either within the IASC or through the IPBA Journal).
The IASC is the first sub-committee of the IPBA, formed under the auspices of the Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee (DRAC). The IASC conducted its inaugural virtual event on September 28, 2020 in association with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). The event featured a discussion on the recently released "Draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in Investor State Dispute Settlement" (Draft Code) with prominent speakers from private practice, government and the institutions. The video can be viewed here:
The Committee has since been working on the topic of investor-state mediation and created a discussion platform for Asian States prior to the periodical UNCITRAL Working Group III sessions.
All interested IPBA members can express their interest in joining the IASC by emailing to the Co-Chairs of the DRAC, copying the Co-Chairs of the IASC.