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Mappinginvestmenttreaties.com: Uncovering the secrets of the investment treaty universe

One could think that the universe of international investment agreements (IIAs) has few surprises left to offer. After hundreds of investment tribunals have interpreted its obligations and thousands of scholarly contributions have analyzed its provisions the contours and content of …

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The Need for a Southern Observatory on Transnational Investment

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During the last years, the number of cases submitted to international arbitration under investment treaties that include investor–state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses has largely increased. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),[1] an average of 54 …

 
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An interview with Lauge Poulsen, author of Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy

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Lauge Poulsen is a Lecturer in International Political Economy at University College London (UCL). His recent book, Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy: The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries, explains why and how developing countries signed up to investment …

 
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Is ISDS in EU Trade Agreements Legal under EU Law?

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg is home of many significant historic venues.  It is the home to a number of European institutions such as the European Court of Justice, European Investment Bank and many others.  It is a smaller country in Europe, but full of old buidings, culture and monuments.

The unique judicial architecture and ambitious political aims of the European Union indicate that it is more than an international organization governed by international law. One of its special features is that its judicial system is open to individuals. Another …

 
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State Strategies for the Defence of Domestic Interests in Investor–State Arbitration

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Several countries are now well experienced in investor–state dispute settlement (ISDS) and have had some success in defending domestic interests from investor claims based on international investment agreements (IIAs). This article discusses legal defence strategies employed by Argentina and Ecuador …