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New Resource: Investor-State Law Guide

by Lee Snook on 2021-05-28T09:41:00+01:00 in Law | Comments


The University has recently acquired access to the Investor State Law Guide.  This is a specialist database for comprehensive investment treaty law research. 

It contains investment treaties, arbitral rules, case and other key documentation, and offers a collection of sophisticated analytical research tools to support in depth, comprehensive research across the field.  For example, you can browse by topic or treaty provision to connect with relevant content.

The Research Tools

  • Subject Navigator: research complex subjects by isolating relevant issues and digging deeper into the Subject Navigator tree. Within the structure of the Subject Navigator, you will be able to view start by finding higher-level subject areas that are relevant to your research. As you dive deeper into the sub-sections of these subjects, you will be able to focus on the sub-areas that are most relevant to your research.
  • Article Citator:  see a list of legal instruments (Treaties and Arbitration Rules) to see how these have been interpreted by tribunals. It will allow you to sort these cited instruments by the most commonly cited provisions and allow you to jump directly to the paragraph/footnote in the decision and award document that references the provision. 
  • Jurisprudence Citator:  instantly see how specific decisions have been treated by subsequent investment treaty tribunals. 
  • Publication Citator:  track the history and use of trusted secondary resources. It will allow you to gain insight into how authoritative materials have been utilized and considered by tribunals
  • Terms and Phrases tool:  see how specific terms or phrases have been defined in the context of previous investment arbitration tribunals
  •  ISLG Reports tool:  see patterns or data synthesized in such a way that will help you gain relevant insights related to cases, people, organizations or disputes. 
  • Full Text Search tool: run a comprehensive keyword search across all documents in the ISLG collection, including decisions, awards, procedural orders, pleadings, arbitration rules, treaties and other legal instruments. 


Use the online Knowledge Center for help on making the most of the research tools.

You can also sign up for training webinars to get a comprehensive overview of all the research tools

A number of videos are also available to view via  Screencast and YouTube.


Investor State Law Guide 


And also ...

We also have access to OUP's Investment Claims database which you can use to access additional secondary sources in this area

Access: Investment Claims


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