International investment law and sustainable development

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
- understand the general framework regulating international investment;
- develop a conceptual framework of sustainability;
- evaluate critically the strength and the weakness of current case law on the protection of investments;
- improve oral and written skills, including arguing convincingly with the professor and with classmates, with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of language.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of this Course students will have a deep knowledge of the substantive rules regulating the protection of international investments, and will have the critical ability to operate an integration of these rules with other, competing interests of the international community, such as those relating the protection of the environment and of the most fundamental human rights.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
In the second semester, classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable. Live-streamed classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.
Students will be informed as soon as possible, through the course ARIEL website, in case they will be able also to attend in person the classes at University. This possibility will depend upon the evolution of the emergency and the respect of the security directives. In any case the live classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.

The course will alternate and combine lectures and seminar teaching. Classes may require prior readings and include pre-recorded components.

The course program is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes will adapt to the teaching methods outlined below and any further clarification will be published on ARIEL.

The final exam will be an oral test on MS Teams, unless the measures of public health adopted by the authorities will allow to do it in a classroom. In any case, even in this case those who cannot travel to Milan for any reason will be allowed to take the exam through MS Teams. Further details will be posted on ARIEL throughout the class, depending on the development of the pandemic and the decisions of the public authorities.
Course syllabus
The course aims at addressing 2 main areas: the first one focuses on the principles and rules which govern FDI (standards of treatment established by treaties, customary international law, domestic law and international contracts); A special reflection will be dedicated to the relationship and tensions between the regulation of FDI and the legal framework on sustainable development and the protection of common concerns (human rights, environmental protection, labour rights, artistic, cultural, and historic heritage, etc..); the second area will tackle issues regarding the regulation of renewable energy in the European Union.
Prerequisites for admission
students must have an excellent knowledge of the written and spoken English language.
Teaching methods
The attendance of the course is compulsory. Only those students who attend at least 75% of the course are admitted to take the final exam.
The detailed course programme and the didactic material is available on ARIEL.
Teaching Resources
the bibliography will be suggested during the classes and by the professor throughout the semester
Assessment methods and Criteria
students will be evaluated through engagement with the class activities with oral expositions and an oral test.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
I receive students by appointment, e-mail luigi.crema@unimi
Stanza d'Angolo, Biblioteca di diritto internazionale, via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano