Public interests in water concession disputes

Dias Simões, Fernando (2016) Public interests in water concession disputes. LL.M(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The flux of foreign investment into the water industry led to the internationalisation of contracts and of the method of settlement of possible disputes. When disputes over the performance of a water concession give origin to investor-state arbitrations, public authorities are put in a challenging position. The state need to combine two different roles – its role in the provision of services of public interest and the fulfilment of its international legal obligations arising from international investment agreements. The complexity of this relationship is patent in a variety of procedural and substantive issues that have been surfacing in arbitration proceedings conducted before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The purpose of this dissertation is to discuss the impact of investment arbitration on the protection of public interests associated with water services. In deciding these cases arbitrators are contributing significantly in shaping the contours and substance of an emerging international economic water services regime. Through the looking glass of arbitration awards one can realise the substantial consequences that the international investment regime has been producing on water markets and how significantly it has been impacting the public interests associated with water services. Due consideration of the public interests in water concession disputes requires concerted action in two different domains: changing the investment arbitration mechanism, by promoting the transparency of proceedings and the participation of non-parties; and changing the regulatory framework that underpins investments in water services. Combined, these improvements are likely to infuse public interests into water concession arbitrations.

Item Type: Thesis (LL.M(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Water concession contracts, investment arbitration, public interests.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Supervisor's Name: Tams, Professor Christian
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Fernando Dias Simões
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7638
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 07:49
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 12:42
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7638

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