EVENT: BIT by BIT: Can Bilateral Investment Treaties Protect Labor and Environmental Rights in the 21st Century?

By Katie Bacharach

BITs, perhaps the most common economic treaties in modern times, have only recently begun to encompass protections for stakeholders, and there has been some controversy as to whether the protections that have been included are effective. On April 9, the Georgetown Global Law Scholars and Lawyers for Corporate Accountability will be hosting a conference where a panel of speakers will present their thoughts on the challenge of protecting labor and environmental rights through the BIT mechanism and discuss what form of protection offers the best chance of being realistically effective.

The speakers will include: Ben Beach, Research Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch; Lee M. Caplan, Partner, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Arent Fox; Gary Horlick, International Trade Lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Karin Kizer, Attorney Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser’s Office of Economics and Business, U.S. Department of State.

The conference will be held at Georgetown University Law Center on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in McDonough Hall 205. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at a post-conference reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m.


For more information, please contact Adina Appelbaum at appelbaum.adina@gmail.com.