On 4 March 2015 Dr. Julie Maupin, Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, gave a lunch lecture entitled: ‘Toward Balance in International Investment Law: Three Paradigms ’
Dr. Maupin traversed three key evolutions in the manner in which the international investment law regime has sought to 'balance' the competing interests of its affected constituencies over time. In doing so, she explained how the first two paradigms of balance fell by the wayside and why we should be content to leave them there. She then introduced the notion of balance implicitly being pursued by a number of key States in their contemporary investment treaty reform efforts, namely: a multi-stakeholder-determined set of mutually-beneficial trade-offs. After identifying three important practical challenges which this emerging paradigm has yet to surmount, she closed with a few remarks on where South Africa's recent investment policy reform efforts fit into the regime's ongoing quest for balance.
Dr. Maupin visits ICLA during March 2015 in the context of an institutional partnership between the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.