On 6 July 2018, Mr. Mohsen Baharvand (Deputy Secretary-General of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization, AALCO) attended, as an expert, an interactive workshop on Prevention and Management of Investment Disputes organized by the Energy Charter Secretariat. The workshop aimed to informally exchange views and experiences from governmental officials on dealing with investment disputes to gather their practical concerns and best practices. The comments received during the workshop will be used to enrich the draft Model Dispute Management Protocol, prepared by the Energy Charter Secretariat with the support of the IMI Investor-State Mediation Taskforce and government officials dealing with investment disputes. The objective of the Model Protocol is to provide a legal framework for preventing and managing investment disputes (arising out of contracts or investment agreements), including the possibility to negotiate and/or mediate with foreign investors.
The workshop was moderated by Alejandro Carballo and Iryna De Meyer, from the Secretariat and gathered government officials from several countries from Latin America, Africa and Europe. The discussion was supported by invited experts, comprising Caroline Nicholas (UNCITRAL), Diana Rosert (UNCTAD), Roberto Echandi, Miriama Kiselyova (Ministry of Finance, Slovakia), Jeremy Sharpe (Shearman & Sterling, former US Chief of Investment Arbitration), Carlos Valderrama (Sidley, former President of Peru’s inter-agency Special Commission for International Investment Disputes).