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A high-level conference on investments held in Azerbaijan

On 24-25 October 2017, the Energy Charter Secretariat's member of staff participated and spoke at an international high-level conference held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ran under a comprehensive title “International Investment Policies: The Way Forward”, the event, co-organised with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Energy Charter Secretariat, UNCTAD, and Martin Luther University at Halle-Wittenberg, focused on various aspects of the current state of affairs with regard to international investment agreements and ways to reform them. 

The pool of participants, mainly consisting of high-level representatives of state agencies of Eastern European and Central Asian countries, well-known academia from reputed European educational hubs and international organizations, endeavoured to discuss the realm of bilateral and multilateral investment agreements, the background of emergence thereof, and the ways to steer and shape a reform of the international investment regime, which has been in place for over half a century, thus contributing to the present-day much heated global debates.

The Energy Charter Treaty, bearing particular relevance and importance as a unique multilateral document, was also one of the subjects of discussions. The Treaty, exerting impact on both modern jurisprudence and empirical studies, was presented via updated case statistics and current shift in dispute trends.  In the context of the Conference agenda, additional information was provided on modernisation of the Treaty and Secretariat's activity in the conflict resolution sphere.