• Not hot enough: cooling-off periods and the recent developments under the Energy Charter Treaty

      Baltag, Crina (National Law University, Jodhpur, 2017-07-01)
      Cooling-off provisions in international investment agreements guarantee that investors and host States resolve their disputes in the most efficient manner. Aimed at offering the parties the opportunity to amicably settle their differences, cooling-off provisions remain a controversial issue in the jurisprudence on international arbitral tribunals. Arbitral tribunals are still split between considering the cooling-off provision as a procedural requirement or as an admissibility or jurisdictional requirement. Each of these positions triggers different practical consequences, with serious outcomes for the arbitral process.This note addresses the latest developments concerning the cooling-off provision under one international investment agreement–the Energy Charter Treaty.