The Promises and Peril of Empiricism and International Investment Law Disputes
Stefan Kroll, Andrea K. Bjorklund, Franco Ferrari
Download Full Text
Empirical research into investment treaty conflict is simultaneously promising and potentially perilous. This chapter identifies both its costs and benefits while striving to provide a clear set of guidelines for quality research in an effort to identify the potential uses and abuses of empiricism in international investment law. Empirical research is not immune from the polarization within the field, but certain steps can ensure that empirical work is not influenced by narrow or ideological perspectives. First, we need to understand norms of quality social science to enable a data-driven, rather than emotive, conversation. Second, we need to create time and space for balanced contemplation that cuts across ideological groupings – rather than having conferences and events attended by one selected segment – and ensuring that alternative perspectives are welcomed. Third, we need to work on developing empathic dialogue to engage productively about empirical research and normative reform, including focusing upon aspects that are valuable and those that require development. The objective should be to organize conversations about international investment law around data to engage productively, so that reason and intuition can interact to create solutions that are constructive and sustainable for the longer term.
Cambridge Compendium of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
Cambridge University Press
International Law, International Trade Law, Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Mediation
Antitrust and Trade Regulation | Dispute Resolution and Arbitration | International Law | International Trade Law | Law | Law and Economics
Franck, Susan, "The Promises and Peril of Empiricism and International Investment Law Disputes" (2023). Contributions to Books. 337.