Moulis Legal accredited as national experts in investor-state dispute settlement

Christopher Hewitt and Andrea Jamieson have authored the Australian chapter in the recently released international publication Getting the Deal Through: Investment Treaty Arbitration 2015. Moulis Legal has also been accredited as a national expert in investment treaty arbitration (often referred to as investor-state dispute settlement) by United Kingdom’s Law Business Research Ltd.

Investor-state dispute settlement (or “ISDS”) is becoming an increasingly important sovereign risk protection for international businesses investing into Australia and Australian businesses investing overseas. It provides foreign investors with the ability to protect their investment by seeking dispute settlement proceedings directly against a foreign government. Not only is it a useful tool for investors looking to minimise their international commercial and political risks, it is powerful advertising for countries seeking business investment.

ISDS was shunned under the previous Australian government, but is now back in favour. ISDS rights have been included in Australia’s recent free trade agreements with Japan, Korea and, reportedly, China. In this international publication Moulis Legal outlines the current status and future importance of ISDS in Australia, and provides guidance on Australia’s current investment environment.


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Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Investment Treaty Arbitration 2015 (November 2014; contributing editors Stephen Jagusch and Epaminontas Triantafilou of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP). For further information please visit