Civil Society in Investment Treaty Arbitration: Status and Prospects' provides an overview of the evolution of civil society?s participation as amicus curiae before ICSID tribunals and ad hoc tribunals applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. That evolution fits within a broader movement towards transparency in investment treaty arbitration. By looking at the procedural roles available to civil society before other jurisdictions, the book questions whether the amicus role could be expanded. El-Hosseny ultimately shows how substance and procedure closely intertwine. The issue of civil society?s participation in investment treaty arbitration transcends the procedural realm. It is equally about arbitral tribunals? openness vis-à-vis public interest, environmental protection and human rights issues - a crucial consideration in ongoing debates over the legitimacy of investor-state arbitration.00.
Introduction -- Part 1. Civil society paricipation before investor-state tribunals -- Identifying the 'public interest' in an investor-state arbitration context -- Procedural rules governing civil society's participation as amicus curiae -- From theory to practice : investor-state tribunals' decisions on amicus curiae participation -- Civil society participation : where procedure intertwines with substance -- An appraisal of civil society's amicus curiae role -- Concluding remarks -- Part 2. Civil society participation before other jurisdictions -- Absent, but not entirely : indirect participation at the ICJ -- Standing before international human rights jurisdictions -- A 'friend of the court' outside the realm of investor-state arbitration -- The peculiar case of third party intervention -- Part 3. An enhanced role for civil society before investor-state tribunals -- Transcending amicus curiae submissions -- Looking for a procedure to uphold third parties' direct interest in investor-state arbitration -- The access to justice principle : the basis for civil society's third party intervention? -- What conditions would govern civil society's third party intervention? -- Conclusion