Faculty of Law Alumnus Publishes Book on International Investment Law, Arbitration and Human Rights

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Photo of Filip Balcerzak and an image of his book

Faculty of Law alumnus Filip Balcerzak (LL.M. 2011) recently published Investor – State Arbitration and Human Rights from Brill | Nijhoff. The book builds on the research Mr. Balcerzak undertook at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Professor J. Anthony VanDuzer.


From the publisher’s website:


The work discusses whether, and how, human rights arguments may be presented in the course of arbitral proceedings based on investment treaties.


The work identifies three model situations, derived from existing arbitral jurisprudence, which provide the backdrop and methodological tool underpinning the book’s legal analysis. The work considers the perspectives of both host states and investors and analyzes all stages of arbitral proceedings – jurisdiction, admissibility, merits, compensation and costs – to determine the potential impact of human rights on the outcome of proceedings.


Mr. Balcerzak is a member of the Warsaw (adwokat) and Madrid (abogado) Bar Associations, as well as a Senior Associate at SSW Law Firm in Poland. He holds an LL.M. degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa (2011) and a Ph.D. degree from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland (2016). He was the deserving recipient of the Faculty’s Edward Barry McDougall Memorial Scholarship.

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