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LCIL Friday Lecture ‘Investment Tribunals and Human Rights’ by Professor Ursula Kriebaum

May 1, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

This lecture explores the uneasy relationship between investment arbitration and human rights. Observers have criticized the paucity of references by investment tribunals to human rights documents. What are the reasons for this reluctance to engage in a discussion on human rights? Is investment arbitration the proper forum for the pursuit of human rights? Is there a need to change the current practice and if so, how?


Ursula Kriebaum is Professor for Public International Law at the University of Vienna, Department of European, International and Comparative Law. Her academic research focuses on international investment protection law and arbitration and international and European human rights law. She teaches International Law at the University Vienna and also acts as consultant for law firms in investment arbitration cases and human rights cases. She received her legal education at the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Bourgogne (Dijon, France).

She received the Diploma of the International Human Rights Institute – Strasbourg in 1995, her Dr. jur. (JD) with distinction in 1999 and her Dr. jur. habil. in 2008 (both University Vienna). She is the author of several publications in the fields of international investment law and investment arbitration and human rights law.

She served as legal expert in various investment arbitrations and human rights cases; is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and an Alternate Member of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE. She has worked in the office of the legal adviser of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was legal expert in the team of the Austrian Special Envoy for Holocaust Restitution Issues. She was delegate to the UN Preparatory Committee for an International Criminal Court. She was appointed as a candidate for the 2007 election as judge at the European Court of Human Rights by the Austrian government. From 1999 to 2002 she was a Member of the Austrian Human Rights Advisory Board nominated by Amnesty International. Since 2001 she has served as consultant of the National Fund for Victims of National Socialism of the Republic of Austria.

Speaker: Professor Ursula Kriebaum, Professor for Public International Law, University of Vienna

Date: Friday, 1 May 2015

Time: 1pm with sandwiches from 12.30pm

Venue: Finley Library, Lauterpacht Centre, 5 Cranmer Rd, Cambridge


Lauterpacht Centre for International Law


Lauterpacht Centre
5 Cranmer Road
Cambridge, CB3 9BL United Kingdom
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