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331 CSOs, including Eurodad, have sent a letter to decision-makers ahead the fourteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), taking place in Nairobi next week. The letter urges UNCTAD member states to preserve ...
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The battleground of Bilateral Investment Treaties

Jesse Griffiths

23 Jan 2015 11:23:43

Just read a great new FT blog from Kavaljit Singh on India’s radical redesign of its investment treaty model. The main points are below [the FT article is entombed in a paywall], but first, here’s a quote from a report I co-wrote last year, which helps explain why bilateral investment treaties (or BITs) are becoming a battleground in developing countries: In 2012 there were 3,196 investment treaties globally, many of them affecting developing countries. There are also important investment chapters in free trade agreements. While these treaties and agreements are supposed to both protect foreign investors and benefit recipient countries, the growing number of investment disputes and ‘persistent concerns about the [investment arbitration] regime’s systemic deficiencies’ indicate ...
The G20 leaders' summit, concluded on 6 September, saw economic policy pushed to the sidelines by division over Syria, concealing the fact that many pressing issues, including dealing with sovereign debt crises ...