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Admissibility of Shareholder Claims Under Investment Treaties


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1. Introduction; 2. Admissibility in international investment law; 3. Mixed claims commissions and the origins of central concepts; 4. Admissibility and shareholder standing; 5. Damages in shareholder treaty claims; 6. The contract-treaty distinction; 7. Applicable law; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography.

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Shareholder treaty claims risk multiple recovery and prejudice to third parties. Admissibility provides a screening mechanism to address these risks.

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Gabriel Bottini is Adjunct Professor of Public International Law, University of Buenos Aires and Partner at Uria Menendez. As Argentina's Director of International Disputes, Gabriel Bottini was involved in over 60 investment arbitrations brought following the country's 2001 economic collapse. These cases mark a crucial, catalytic moment in the history of investment arbitration. Bottini engages with a fundamental notion stemming from these cases: shareholder standing under investment treaties.


'A great contribution to the progressive development of international investment law to be born in mind by all participants in international arbitration proceedings. This learned study advices the reader on the need of developing within international investment law substantive inadmissibility or other substantive means to avoid double recovery and other undue overlaps resulting from an independent treatment by Arbitral Tribunals of shareholders' treaty rights and of treaty-claims in respect to company's rights and contract- claims, respectively.' Santiago Torres Bernardez, Former Registrar and Judge ad hoc of the ICJ. ICSID and PCA Arbitrator.
'This is a masterly study of shareholder claims in investment arbitration. Comprehensive, thoroughly-researched and well-written, the book challenges the independence of indirect shareholder claims under investment treaties from company rights under national or contractual law. Focusing on issues of both practical and scholarly significance, this rich contribution will be invaluable to both practitioners and academics. It deserves to be widely read!' Catharine Titi, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)-CERSA, University Pantheon-Assas Paris II
'Gabriel Bottini relies on ideas contained in the jurisprudence of old mixed claims commissions and of the International Court of Justice to build on the concept of admissibility and deal with some of the most pressing problems presented by shareholder claims under investment treaties.' Professor Raul Vinuesa, University of Buenos Aires
'Balanced, rigorous and timely, a most valuable addition to our understanding of this complex set off issues, of great value for scholars and practitioners alike'. Professor Philippe Sands QC, UCL and Matrix Chambers
'Investment tribunals deciding shareholder claims tend to regard Barcelona Traction as a quaint relic of the law on diplomatic protection. Gabriel Bottini shows how Barcelona Traction never went away. His nuanced admissibility criteria offer a fresh approach to shareholder standing to prevent double recovery. Through the prism of shareholder claims, he casts new light on linkages between contract and treaty'. Professor Michael Waibel, University of Vienna

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