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Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties
A Legal and Economic Analysis


Part of Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law

  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107042414

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  • Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties provides the first systematic analysis of the consequences of the substantive protections that investment treaties provide to foreign investors. It proposes a new framework for identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of differing levels of investment treaty protection, and uses this framework to evaluate the levels of protection for foreign investors implied by different interpretations of the fair and equitable treatment and indirect expropriation provisions of investment treaties. The author examines the arguments and assumptions of both supporters and critics of investment treaties, seeks to test whether they are coherent and borne out by evidence, and concludes that the 'economic' justifications for investment treaty protections are much weaker than is generally assumed. As such, the 'economic' objectives of investment treaties are not necessarily in tension with other 'non-economic' objectives. These findings have important implications for the drafting and interpretation of investment treaties.

    • Proposes a new framework for understanding the costs and benefits of investment treaty protections
    • Challenges the view that arbitral jurisprudence can be explained and rationalised by a coherent set of legal principles by demonstrating that arbitral tribunals have interpreted common investment treaty protections in different ways
    • Provides practical recommendations for the drafting and amendment of investment treaties which are directly relevant to treaty negotiators and policy-makers
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107042414
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The structure of existing debate
    3. A framework for evaluating different levels of investment treaty protection
    4. Fair and equitable treatment
    5. Indirect expropriation
    6. Application of the framework and conclusions
    7. Implications of the conclusions
    8. The future of debate about investment treaties.

  • Author

    Jonathan Bonnitcha, Australian National University, Canberra
    Jonathan Bonnitcha is a senior lawyer in the Australian Government's Office of International Law and a visiting fellow in international investment law and policy at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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