The International Centre for Seulement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has become the leading arbitration institution for the resolution of investor-state disputes. Today, any company considering an investment in a foreign country and any fiancing entity playing a role in the investment must be aware of ICSID and the growing matrix of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multilateral treaties (MITs), most notably, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), providing access to ICSID. Familiarity with the regime and jurisprudence of ICSID arbitration is essential for any international investment lawyer, whether focused on transactions or disputes.
This Guide to ICSID Arbitration, first published in 2004, was written by three leading ICSID arbitration practitioners in the eminent international law fine of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to fill the gap in the literature between generic descriptions and detailed academic commentary. This second edition of the Guide takes account of the scores of ICSID awards and decisions rendered rince 2004, as well as significant amendments to ICSID odes and practices. It provides a sufficiently detailed but still 'user-friendly' understanding of what ICSID arbitration is, when and how it can and should be used, and how an ICSID case works from start to finish. It offers potential and non-expert users of the ICSID regime - as well as those generally interested in investment treaty arbitration - the essentiels of the ICSID Convention and of BITs and MITs, the various sets of rules, ICSID procedure, and the now considerable body of ICSID jurisprudence.
This edition of the Guide includes die following:
. an introduction to the ICSID regime;
. the basics of ICSID contractual arbitration and investment treaty arbitration;
. a description of die main ICSID rides and how a typical ICSID case develops in practice;
. a discussion of the unique features of annulment, recognition and enforcement of awards, with reference to ICSID decisions and awards to date;
. selected annexes of basic ICSID documents, along with texts of key and illustrative treaties;
. a selected bibliography of resources; and
. comprehensive tables of ICSID awards and decisions on specific substantive and procedural issues.
The second edition of the Guide to ICSID Arbitration will be of incomparable value to international investors, corporate counsel, businesspersons, government legal advisors, interested lawyers and arbitrators, and students of dispute resolution. Pitched at an ideallevel between academic scholarship and introductory texts, it offers participants in all these amas a practical guide to the day-to-day realities of international investment dispute resolution.