Application of Substantive Treaty Obligations via the Most-Favored-Nation Treatment Clause: ICSID Case Law Evolution - Chapter 33 - Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace, Jr.
I have known Prof. Wallace for more than fourteen years. In addition to being a mentor, teacher and SJD supervisor at Georgetown University Law Center, he has been an advisor and friend. My first encounter with Prof. Wallace was in one of his seminar on International Trade and WTO Law. I was impressed (and frankly intimidated) by his eloquence and ability to master various areas of international law while formulating incisive questions that resonate through time. Prof. Wallace later became my doctoral supervisor on a dissertation involving international customary rules of interpretation as applied by the ICJ and the Appellate Body of the WTO, GATT Article XXIV on Regional Trade Agreements, and Rules of Origin. Prof. Wallace's rigor, generosity and constructive criticism were instrumental for my doctorate. Following publication of my dissertation, while still working on international economic law, I steered towards international investment arbitration; worked at ICSID and later negotiated investment treaties on behalf of a sovereign nation. Upon my return to Washington D.C. to work on investment-arbitration after spending a couple of years abroad, I discovered that Prof. Wallace had, not surprisingly, written a casebook with my friend Borzu Sabahi and they were teaching a seminar on investment arbitration together. Prof. Wallace continues to inspire me. Now as his colleague at Georgetown, I co-teach a seminar on investment arbitration and landmark judgments with my friend Ian Laird. I have also had the pleasure to serve as advisor and lecturer of international investment