PhD in European and International Law -
(October 1, 2017 -
September 30, 2020)
- - -
PhD in European and International Law - 33° ciclo (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2020)
Doctorate research program
Research project: "The evolving role of State sovereignty in the international investment regime"
The principle of State sovereignty lies at the basis of international law and is inherently tied to its developments. Present times do not escape from contributing to the mutating understanding of State sovereignty and show instances of rupture with the increasing internationalization of competences once reserved to States that emerged during the second half of the 20th century. The last few decades have shown attempts of States to bring powers back to the domestic sphere and their endeavour to regain (if they ever lost) centrality in international law. The present study is prompted by these observations and aims at determining how the understanding of State sovereignty is mutating in the international investment regime. It focuses on one of the most-relevant attributes of State sovereignty, namely the continuous capacity of the State to regulate in the public interest, and analyses its current developments in investment treaty drafting and its changing relevance in investment arbitral jurisprudence. In so doing, the study aims at contributing, through the analysis of the international investment regime, to identification of the mutating understanding of State sovereignty that is taking place in international law.