Herman Verbist contributes to “Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy”

Herman Verbist contributes to “Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy” with chapter on “Mediation as an alternative to settle Investor-State Disputes”

Herman Verbist has, with the assistance of Maureen Martins, made a contribution to the Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy (2020) with the aim to better understand how mediation can be a suitable mechanism to resolve disputes between investors and States.  

The contribution offers an overview of different initiatives taken to promote mediation in investor-State disputes. Different international organisations (including UNCITRAL and ICSID), associations and States are elaborating tools to use mediation for settling investment disputes.  

In addition to presenting available tools to settle Investor-State disputes, the contribution examines obstacles to investor-State mediation and how to overcome them in order to convince parties, and in particular States, to submit disputes with investors to mediation.  

The contribution, entitled “Mediation as an alternative to settle Investor-State Disputes” is available online: https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-981-13-5744-2. The publication of the hardcover Handbook is foreseen for June 2021, to be published by Springer (Singapore).  

Herman Verbist is a trained Investor-State Mediator. He attended a training course organised by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Energy Charter and the International Mediation Institute (IMI) at the World Bank in Paris.  

He is registered on the “Panel of Conciliators” of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Washington, D.C., United States, since April 2016, designated by the government of Belgium.