Policy Analysis

The Canada-China investment treaty sleight of hand

January 9, 2013

Since 2005, Canada has prided itself on selling an advanced model of investment treaty to developing countries—one that, it has argued, protects their regulatory space while still protecting investors.

A new Canada-China Investment Treaty ends this model, and Canada's negotiating partners should beware, as should Canadians.

Howard Mann is the senior international law advisor for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, specializing in international law and sustainable development. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD.

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