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Investor-State LawGuide (ISLG) was born of the need to provide legal researchers with accurate and comprehensive information at a reasonable cost. With decades of experience in international trade and investment law, Greg Tereposky and Chris Thomas endeavored to solve this problem when they created Tologix, ISLG's parent company. Tologix developed a software platform that efficiently captures and disseminates subject matter expertise to users with the goal of streamlining the cumbersome legal research process.
Using the Tologix software platform, a skilled team of data capture specialists and investment treaty law experts built and launched ISLG in 2011. ISLG's unique ability to map the complex and disparate area of investment treaty law quickly made it a success, and it is currently used by the world's leading law firms, governments, academic institutions and international organizations.
Today, ISLG is powered by a dedicated team of subject matter experts who maintain and contribute value-added material to its research tools. In parallel, Tologix continues to invest in the software platform, and is developing new technologies that enhance users' ability to get the specific information they need, faster.
The three pillars of research
ISLG’s three pillars of research, Precision, Accuracy, Comprehensiveness, is designed to efficiently elaborate through the complex and diverse world of investment treaty law.
Precision: ISLG’s Subject Navigator and Citators focus on what tribunals, committees and national courts decide, not on what parties submitted. The Jurisprudence Citator is underscored by ISLG’s ‘pinpoint references,’ which take you directly to the passage within each document.
Accuracy: Awards and decisions are reviewed in accordance with a well-designed protocol, developed in consultation with experts in the field and refined over the last 12 years AI is not involved in this process. All entries go through multiple layers of review before being entered into the ISLG database.
Comprehensiveness: No other database in the marketplace subjects awards and decisions to such exacting curation. You will find every reference to legal instruments, previous jurisprudence and publication that publicly-known documents have referred to on ISLG. A distinctive feature of ISLG is that it allows researchers to approach a problem from multiple angles.