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The Law of Investment Treaties
  • Publisher :
    Oxford University Press
  • Author :
    Jeswald W. Salacuse
  • ISBN :
    9780199206056
  • Year of publishing :
    2010
  • Format :
    Hardback
  • Pages :
    560
  • Clarifies this complex area by focusing on common issues and principal trends covered by the approximately 3000 different investment treaties in existence
  • Explores vital areas including protection against government interference and expropriation, the entry and establishment of foreign investment, compensation for losses , and investor-state dispute settlement
  • Extensive discussion of arbitrations and judicial decisions
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography and exhaustive tables of arbitration cases
Investment treaties, which grant special international protection to foreign investors and give them a means to enforce those rights against States in which they have invested, have become increasingly important in planning, executing and managing international investments. The Law of Investment Treaties explains the nature, history, and significance of investment treaties and their impact on international investors and investments, as well as on governments that are parties to them.

The international law governing trans-national investments has undergone a remarkable transformation in a relatively short time. Thefundamental tool for effecting that transformation has been the investment treaty, in which contracting countries set down rules to govern investments by their respective nationals in each other's territories. They include the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Energy Charter Treaty, and some 2500 bilateral investment treaties. This trend is bound to grow in the future. While differing in particular provisions, investment treaties all do two things: 1) they grant special protective rights to foreign investors, and 2) they provide for mechanisms that allow investors to enforce those rights, usually by international arbitration.

The Law of Investment Treaties examines the nature, history, and significance of investment treaties and their impact particularly onprotected investors and investments, as well as on governments. Although the precise provisions of investment treaties are not uniform and some treaties restrict host country governmental action more than others, virtually all investment treaties address the same issues. Drawing on the growing body of arbitration decisions applying and interpreting investment treaties, this book examines in detail these common issues, including the scope of application, conditions for the entry of foreign investment and general standards of treatment of foreign investments (including increasingly common concepts such as "fair and equitable treatment" "national treatment", "most-favoured-nation treatment" etc.). Monetary transfers, operational conditions, protection against expropriation and dispossessionand compensation for losses are also explored. Salacuse also discusses dispute settlement, including negotiation, arbitration, conciliation, and judicial proceedings.
Readership: Scholars and advanced students of international trade law, international investment and international economic law, legal practitioners in international trade and investment, arbitrators and government counsel.