Jurisdiction and admissibility in investment arbitration: A view from the bridge at the practice

Filippo Fontanelli, Attila Tanzi

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The jurisdiction of international courts and tribunals and the admissibility of inter-State claims under international law are central to international adjudication, operating as a gateway to the litigation on the merits – the end goal of the proceedings. Still, these concepts remain inherently under-defined, and can be shaped in multiple ways to formulate preliminary objections in international litigation in general. International investor-State arbitration adds specific aspects and complexities to the issue. This introductory contribution accounts for the theoretical deficiencies underpinning the notions of jurisdiction and admissibility with a special focus on international investment arbitration, and introduces the selected case-studies which form the subject of this Special Issue’s articles. The recent Urbaser award is also used as an example of the
unexplored potential of novel – and critical – legal argumentation relating to the jurisdiction of investment tribunals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalLaw and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • jurisdiction
  • admissibility
  • investment arbitration
  • competence
  • preliminary objections
  • urbaser
  • counterclaims


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