Confirmation of Candidature - “A Critical Analysis of the Efficacy of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Regime”

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Presenter:  Amelia Hallam

Date: Apr 12, 2017

Time: 11:30am to 12:00pm

Contact person:  Kazi Naimul Bari
T: 8946 6156

Location:  Yellow 1.3.48 (Moot Court)

Confirmation of Candidature - Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) - Amelia Hallam


“The primary purpose of this thesis is to critically analyse the efficacy of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) regime and forecast the future of international investment dispute resolution.

This thesis will examine the nature of ISDS provisions, including their construction, scope of operation and more broadly, the environment within which they exist, including the administration thereof. This paper considers the circumstances in which the provisions are invoked, interpreted and applied in order to conduct an impartial review of the benefits and limitations of the system and critically evaluate the efficacy of the ISDS and anticipate the future of the international investment dispute resolution system.

The efficacy and future of the ISDS regime is of current interest and relevance. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) “a broad consensus is emerging that the regimes of International Investment Agreements and the related dispute settlement mechanism need to be reformed to make them work better for sustainable development”.”


Amelia completed a double degree in Business (Economics) and Laws (Hons) at Queensland University of Technology in 2009. Amelia has also completed the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted as a lawyer in the Australian Capital Territory. Since completing her undergraduate degrees, Amelia has worked as a Tax Consultant (Direct Tax), as a Defence employee and subsequently in commercial contracts at Griffith University in Brisbane. Amelia is keenly interested in developments in the international arbitration space and has greatly enjoyed working on her related PhD at Charles Darwin University. 

Supervisors: A/Prof David Price; Dr Daniel Kelly