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Investment Arbitration Reporter offers news & analysis of international arbitrations between foreign investors and sovereign governments, as well as proprietary data and legal research tools.

The IAReporter® database is used by the world’s largest law firms, dozens of government agencies around the world, and more than 140 academic institutions.

Our contributors (profiled here) are subject-matter experts with advanced degrees and/or practice-experience in the investment law field, thus distinguishing our reports from more conventional media reporting.

We offer detailed and nuanced coverage, with a particular focus on investigation of unreported Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) cases, and rapid review and expert analysis of all investment arbitration decisions (as well as public international law and international commercial arbitration  decisions that have relevance to ISDS).

Our case law research tools offer practitioners and scholars a comprehensive view of how more than 2500 legal concepts have been treated in both public and non-public decisions – and allow researchers to see how concepts have been interpreted by a particular arbitrator, under a particular treaty, or in relation to a particular state.

Thanks to our ongoing investigative research, we also offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on more than 2300 investor-state claims, enabling subscribers to monitor particular cases or arbitrators, and to research developments in a chosen country, treaty-regime, or time-period.

About our rates

Subscription rates are available by request. Our rates are typically institution-wide, and are priced according to the size and nature of an organization.

If you are a student, academic, or employee in a large organization (law firm, government agency, etc.) please ask your librarian or resource manager to contact us for more information.

Individual (single-user) subscription rates are offered only to self-employed persons or genuinely solo practitioners.

We offer discounts to non-commercial users, and do our best to accommodate those who are unable to pay a subscription fee.

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Subscriber benefits include:

  • Full access to our daily coverage of investment law and arbitration developments – including investigative news and our detailed expert summaries of all new decisions and awards; subscribers enjoy access to a searchable database of every report we have ever written;
  • Two powerful new legal research tools (launched in 2023): The Topic Tool indexes all of our reporting on case-law developments so that users can research the handling of more than 2500 legal and valuation topics; Meanwhile our ISDS Guidebook offers a high-level narrative overview of jurisprudence on key topics written by our IAReporter analysts; A video demonstration of both tools is available here.
  • Proprietary profiles of the 300 most popular arbitrators and their caseloads: an invaluable due diligence tool that reveals arbitrator appointments not recorded elsewhere, including current appointments in otherwise-confidential UNCITRAL, SCC, ICC cases.
  • Case Profiles that offer statistical data on more than 2000 disputes between states and investors, as well as a custom news-feed for every case – allowing users to keep track of all news coverage related to a particular dispute.
  • Data filtering tools that allow users to research particular arbitrators, law firms, parties, funders, or treaties, as well as to perform relational research that zeroes in cases where particular arbitrators appeared together, or where a particular law firm appeared before a particular arbitrator or party.
  • Our “Looking Back” series, which digests and analyzes key arbitral awards and international decisions that were rendered prior to 2008 (i.e., the date when IAReporter® was launched). The “Looking Back” series enhances the value of our archive, so that it spans across the full range of developments in the international resolution of investment disputes.

With so much information out there, why subscribe to our service?

The short answer would be: because virtually everyone else does. But, the longer answer is that we engage in regular investigations and exhaustive review of source-materials – reading documents and decisions that more conventional news outlets merely skim over – so as to bring uncovered developments and a level of granular focus that is unique in the field. Want to know more? Read on.

  • Investigative Focus: We’re not content to write merely about what investors, governments, or law firms proactively disclose. Anyone can rewrite materials that appear each day on Google. Apart from covering the low-hanging fruit, we dig for legal and policy developments that are otherwise confidential and unreported. Whether it’s uncovering and revealing previously-unreported claims or rulings against SyriaSouth Africa, LibyaIndia, Russia, or France, or piecing together what’s going on at the European Commission, our perpetual digging yields unique and valuable insights for readers.
  • Editorial Independence: We work at arm’s length from the myriad practitioners in this field. This allows us to bring a unique perspective, with our descriptions and analysis not colored by business interests that might lead us to play up certain legal developments or downplay others.
  • Focus on the law: We are interested in how the global rules governing foreign investment are being shaped, interpreted and applied. That’s why our writing on arbitral rulings is based on reading the materials in full – and offering deep summary and analysis – rather than a superficial account based on press releases or ghostwritten summaries done by interested parties to a dispute.
  • A Trusted Journal of Record: Our subscribers include large numbers of elite academic institutions, numerous government agencies and intergovernmental organizations, as well as virtually every “top law firm” engaged in international arbitration. Our reports are cited in legal pleadings and briefs in this field, in the academic literature, and in a wide range of financial and mainstream media including The Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters.