International Investment Law and the Rule of Law

Dr Velimir Zivkovic


We are delighted to invite you to a book presentation event with Dr Velimir Zivkovic (Associate Professor, University of Warwick), who will present his book titled “Fair and Equitable Treatment and the Rule of Law”

The event will be chaired by Dr James Devaney, followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr Antonio Marzal. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Location: Room 207, 10 Professors’ Square

Time: 3pm, Tuesday 19th March 2024

Registration: In-person attendance only. To attend, please register via Bookitbee.


By comprehensively investigating the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard (FET), Dr Zivkovic’s book explores how this standard in investment treaty disputes can legally justify its link with the rule of law, as well as if and how FET jurisprudence can be advantageous to both the rule of law and to the legitimacy of the international investment regime.

Fair and Equitable Treatment and the Rule of Law provides a unique argument concerning the grounding of the FET standard in general principles of law and the importance of the host state’s national rule of law and pre-existing obligations for the application of the FET standard. Through a systematic examination of the FET and the concept of the rule of law, the book argues that further interpretation and application of FET should proceed as a sequential review, focusing firstly on the broadly understood domestic legal framework before delving into equity considerations, in order to realize a number of desirable outcomes.


Velimir is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. Previously, he was a Research Fellow with the Berlin/Potsdam Research Group ‘International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ at Humboldt University in Berlin. In addition, Velimir worked as an Associate Researcher at Institute of Comparative Law in Belgrade, and has acted as consultant for different World Bank and Swiss government-supported legal reform projects in Serbia.

Velimir’s work focuses on the interplay of international investment law and other areas of international and national law, as well as rule of law issues affecting these areas. He explores these topics by considering both the more traditional, doctrinal insights and critical legal studies. The focus is often on arguing whether and how the existing legal structures – in addition to being rightfully criticized and/or reformed – can also be used as a force for good in their present state.