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New Edition of International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution Forthcoming from Oxford University Press

As noted in previous posts,1 in 2005 I published International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide, co-authored with Noah D. Rubins, an American international arbitration attorney in Paris.  The text has been widely adopted, well-received, and critically praised. But a lot has happened in law and international arbitral practice since 2005, so it’s time for an update. Noah and I have enlisted the help of a third co-author to contribute to a second edition, which Oxford University Press—UK has just agreed to publish. It should be out in about 18 months, in 2018.

The book will be part of the Oxford International Arbitration Series, and will include a preface by the Series Editor, Professor Loukas Mistelis. It will be promoted alongside other leading investment arbitration titles such as McLachlan, Shore and Weiniger’s International Investment Arbitration and Irmgard Marboe’s Calculation of Compensation and Damages in International Investment Law. As noted on the OUP-UK site,

The [Oxford International Arbitration Series] publishes books of quality and originality on subjects of practical importance in modern international arbitration, focusing on emerging topics and pervasive issues. The series provides both practitioner and scholarly readers with titles which offer a high standard of analysis.

Our new co-author is an impressive scholar: Thomas N. Papanastasiou, an Assistant Professor of the Law Faculty of Neapolis University of Paphos (Cyprus). Thomas is licensed to practice with the Athens Bar, and holds a Ph.D. with a focus on International Investment Law and an M.A. in International Relations from Waseda University of Tokyo, as well as an LL.M. in Civil Procedure, and an LL.B. from Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). He has worked as a consultant to international organizations, such as the World Bank and to consulting firms in Japan and Europe. His research focuses on public international law, foreign investments, energy law, international development and human rights; his publications include: The Legal Protection of Foreign Investments against Political Risk: Japanese Business in the Asian Energy Sector (Quid Pro Books, 2015; Amazon); and Corruption in the Infrastructure Provision: The Role of Accountability Mechanisms in the Community Driven Development Projects of Indonesia (NOVA Publishers, 2016).

Our other co-author, Noah D. Rubins, an American international arbitration attorney in Paris, also has extremely impressive credentials and experience. Noah is an attorney in the international arbitration and public international law groups of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. He has advised and represented sovereign and private clients in arbitrations under ICSID, ICC, AAA, Stockholm Arbitration Institute, and UNCITRAL rules, and has also served as arbitrator under the UNCITRAL and ICC Rules. He specializes in investment arbitration, particularly under the auspices of bilateral investment treaties and NAFTA. Co-author of Investor-State Arbitration (forthcoming), he has published widely in the field of international investment and dispute resolution, and has taught foreign investment law at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC. He received a Masters degree in dispute resolution and public international law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University. Before entering the law, Noah served as attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and founded a foreign-policy think tank in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The current  version of IIPR sells for only $230—what a bargain compared to my other books (e.g. $3487.00 for the seven-volume Digest of Commercial Laws of the World published by Thomson/Reuters).

  1.  Preface and Introduction to International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide and New Publisher, Co-Editor for my Legal Treatise, and how I got started with legal publishing. []
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