RIETI International Seminar

Investment Risk and International Investment Agreements (Handouts)

Information

  • Time and Date: 13:30-17:55; Friday, July 25, 2008
  • Venue: RIETI's seminar room (1121,11th Floor, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Annex)
    1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Language: Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Handouts

    Chair: MATSUMOTO Kayo's photo

    Chair: MATSUMOTO Kayo (Fellow, RIETI)

    Session 1: International Investment Rules: Current Perspectives

    Presentation "Introduction to International Investment Agreements"

    KOTERA Akira's photo

    KOTERA Akira (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo)

    Presentation "Recent Developments in International Investment Agreements"

    Anna JOUBIN-BRET's photo

    Anna JOUBIN-BRET (Senior Legal Adviser, Policies and Capacity-building Branch [PCBB], Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise [DIAE], United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD])

    Bio

    Ms. Anna Joubin-Bret is the Senior Legal Adviser of the program on investment policies with the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise of UNCTAD, Geneva. She is the technical assistance and training coordinator of the work programme on international investment agreements (IIAs). She has been overseeing the research of the programme, including the publications of the UNCTAD Series on issues in international investment agreements. Among other publications, she has co-authored the recent UNCTAD publication on "Bilateral investment treaties 1995-2006: Trends in investment rulemaking" and several articles published recently.
    Ms. Joubin-Bret holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Private International Law from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She graduated in International Economic Law from University Paris I and in Political Science from Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She has been Legal Counsel in the legal department of the Schneider Group, General Counsel of the KIS Group and Director-Expert of Pomagalski S.A. She has been appointed judge at the Commercial Court in Grenoble (France).

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    Q&A

    Session 2: How to Make Investment Safe

    Presentation "Can Investment Treaties Make Investment Safe?"

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    Louis T. WELLS (Herbert F. Johnson Professor, International Management, Harvard Business School)

    Bio

    Professor Louis T. Wells is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at the Harvard Business School. He has served as consultant to governments of a number of developing countries, as well as to international organizations and private firms. His principal consulting activities have been concerned with foreign investment policy and with negotiations between foreign investors and host governments.
    His research interests include multinational enterprises; international business-government relations; foreign investment in developing countries; and foreign investment by firms from developing countries. He was the Coordinator for Indonesia Projects, Harvard Institute for International Development, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1994-5. His associations include: Fellow - Academy of International Business, member - Foreign Advisory Board - Lahore Business School, and member - Council on Foreign Relations.
    Professor Wells received a BS in Physics from Georgia Tech and his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School.

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    Presentation "Investment Insurance and Investment Treaties"

    KONNO Hidehiro's photo

    KONNO Hidehiro (Chairman and CEO, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance [NEXI])

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    SAKUMA Soichiro's photo

    SAKUMA Soichiro (General Manager, Legal Department, Nippon Steel Corporation)

    Comments

    ASAKAWA Kazuhiro's photo

    ASAKAWA Kazuhiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University)

    Q&A

    Session 3: Future of International Investment Agreements

    Chair: KOTERA Akira's photo

    Chair: KOTERA Akira (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo)

    Presentation "Japanese Government Policy on Bilateral Investment Treaties"

    MITA Noriyuki's photo

    MITA Noriyuki (Director for FTA Affairs, Economic Partnership Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Presentation "Toward a Sustainable Legal System of International Investment"

    HAMAMOTO Shotaro's photo

    HAMAMOTO Shotaro (Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University)

    Comments and Issues

    Anna JOUBIN-BRET's photo

    Anna JOUBIN-BRET (Senior Legal Adviser, Policies and Capacity-building Branch [PCBB], Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise [DIAE], United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD])

    Comments and Issues

    Louis T. WELLS's photo

    Louis T. WELLS (Herbert F. Johnson Professor, International Management, Harvard Business School)

    Discussion and Q&A

    Closing Remarks

    OIKAWA Kozo's photo

    OIKAWA Kozo (Chairman, RIETI)

    Bio

    Prior to his current position, Mr. Oikawa served as Senior Executive Director, Development Bank of Japan (2003-'05); Advisor, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (2002-'03); Research Counselor, TEPIA (2002-'03); Commissioner, Japan Patent Office; Director-General, Bureau of Equipment, Japan Defense Agency; Director-General for Policy Coordination, Minister's Secretariat; Councilor, Cabinet Secretariat; Deputy Director-General for Security Export Control, International Trade Administration Bureau; Director, Coordination Division, Bureau of Equipment, Japan Defense Agency; Director, Small Enterprise Policy Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency; Counselor, Japanese Mission to European Community, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Director, Paper, Pulp & Printing Division, Consumer Goods Industries Bureau. Mr. Oikawa graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Economics.
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