Andrew Newcombe International investment law, international arbitration, international trade law, commercial law On faculty since 2002, Professor Andrew Newcombe is one of Canada’s leading authorities on international investment law, international trade law and commercial law. His background includes practice experience in the international arbitration and public international law groups of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. He is also the motivating force behind italaw.com, the only comprehensive, free-of-charge resource for primary materials on investment treaty law and arbitration. Founded 10 years ago, italaw.com provides access to primary materials without commentary and acts as a historical repository for full decisions not just extracts. Professor Newcombe has worked to establish a complementary relationship with the investment arbitration community, which helps to ensure that italaw provides up-to-date information for researchers and professionals. The community of users functions as a source for emerging materials that are then posted on the site. For more information on italaw.com see page 30. In addition to his work on italaw.com, Professor Newcombe has been busy with other international investment law related projects. In April, he participated 18
in an investment treaty law experts workshop hosted by the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore, the purpose of which was to elaborate a research agenda on international investment law for the next two years. In May, he taught the investment law module in the Master’s programme at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland. This summer he will continue work on set of materials on international investment law and arbitration to be published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Martha O’Brien Taxation, European Union law, legal ethics and business associations In a conference designed to bring international tax and investment law scholars together, Professors O’Brien and Newcombe were invited to write the report for Canada on “The Relationship between Taxation and Bilateral Investment Agreements.” The conference, to be held in July 2015, is organized by the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) where Professor O’Brien has attended and presented at several international and European Union tax law conferences since 2006.
This is not the first time Professors O’Brien and Newcombe have combined their expertise in tax, trade and investment law; both were members of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded research group on international investment law from 2009 to 2012 and contributed chapters to Improving International Investment Agreements: Negotiations, Substantive Obligations and Dispute Resolution, edited by Armand de Mestral and Celine Levesque (Routledge, 2013). Both also participated in legal panels at conferences on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU at UVic and McGill in 2014. Professor O’Brien is also the subject of a Faculty Profile in this issue, see page 36.