In this podcast, Professor Christian Tams and Angeline Welsh discuss state succession. The once relatively dormant doctrine of state succession, which deals with the application of treaties to newly-established states, is back on the agenda with renewed vigour. Its most recent high profile exploration has been in the Sanum litigation, which turned on the application of PRC/Laos BIT to investors incorporated in Macao. The CIS region in particular may still have issues to grapple with, as investors invoke BITs concluded with the Soviet Union in proceedings against successor States such as Kazakhstan. Looking ahead, claims for independence and statehood would directly implicate the doctrine of state succession.
Professor Christian J. Tams, University of Glasgow and Matrix
Christian is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow and a qualified German lawyer (admitted in 2005). He specialises in international dispute settlement, notably inter-State litigation, investment disputes and questions of international sports law.
Angeline Welsh, Matrix
Angeline specialises in international arbitration and public law. Her arbitration practice includes both commercial and investment treaty claims. She has acted as counsel on complex arbitrations conducted under a wide range of institutional rules, across sectors as diverse as energy, telecoms, construction and finance and in jurisdictions across the world.