The Political Economy of the Investment Treaty Regime

By Jonathan Bonnitcha, Lauge N. Skovgaard Poulsen & Michael Waibel, Published by Oxford University Press, July 2017

This book synthesises and advances the growing literature on international investment law and policy by integrating legal, economic, and political perspectives. Based on an analysis of the substantive and procedural rights conferred by investment treaties, it asks four basic questions. What are the costs and benefits of investment treaties for investors, states, and other stakeholders? Why did developed and developing countries sign the treaties? Why should private arbitrators be allowed to review public regulations passed by states? What is the relationship between the investment treaty regime and the broader regime complex that governs international investment? Available at