ELSA Athens


General description

International Investment Law is one of the fastest developing areas of international law, spurred on by a dramatic increase in the number of Bilateral Investment Treaties between States and other investment agreements and a sharp rise in international investment disputes. Addressing a variety of subjects related to international investment arbitration, ranging from the investors’ Standards of Treatment and the Host States’ Defences to the implications of umbrella and denial of benefit clauses, ELSA Athens’ Summer Law School gives its participants the ticket to explore an intriguing field of law, along with their own interests.

An academic faculty, consisting of renowned professors, experts and practitioners from all around the world will share their views and ideas, will offer insight and be our guides in this academically fulfilling journey.

Lectures and workshops aside, participants will also have the chance to make the most of their time in Athens; visits to world-famous attractions, such as the Acropolis Rock and Museum, sea swimming and tasting Greek food and nightlife are only examples of what this summer school’s social program has to offer. So, here’s to 7 unforgettable days in Athens, full of fun, full of people, full of ideas, full of experiences.

Academic description


Law of Treaties and International Investment Law – Prof. Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Professor of International Law, Queen Mary University, London)

Regulatory Powers and Defences of Host States in International Investment Arbitration – Mr. Josef Ostransky (Lecturer, MIDS LLM. on International Dispute Settlement, Geneva)

Umbrella Clauses: Treaty Claimas and Contract Claims in International Investment Law – Mr. Michael Feit (Managing Associate, Walder Wyss, Zurich)

Fair and Equitable Treatment and Full Protection and Security in International Investment Law- Dr. Roland Kläger (Partner, Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte, Stuttgart)

Public Health in International Investment Law & Arbitration – Dr. Michelle Potestà (Senior Associate, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva)

Denial of Benefits Clauses in International Investment Treaties – Dr. Sven Lange (Associate, Allen & Overy LLP, Frankfurt)

Other subjects that may be addressed are «WTO law and International Investment Law», «Protection of IP rights in International Investment Law» and others (TBC). The academic program will also include workshops that are yet to be confirmed by Greek and international professors and practitioners.

Social description

The members of the OC will have organized a diverse program of social events each night that will satisfy even the most demanding tastes. Starting from a Cocktail Reception, as opening event, each night shall reveal a different face of Athens’ night life. The programme shall include, among else, dinner at traditional Greek taverna, Karaoke Party and of course the ELSA summer school tradition, National Drinks’ Night. Sightseeing at the Acropolis Rock & museum and at the picturesque city center will bring you close to the history of ancient Greece . The Gala Ball shall be located by the sea where participants will be able to enjoy over drinks the famous Athens Riviera. Get ready to fullfil your dream and get the experience of the well-known summer in Greece !