Integrating Sustainable Development in International Investment Law: Normative incompatibility, system integration and governance implications

By Manjiao Chi, Published by Routledge, October 2017

The current international investment law regime is insufficiently compatible with sustainable development. To better address sustainable development concerns associated with transnational investment activities, international investment agreements (IIAs) should be made more compatible with sustainable development. This book presents an important systematic study of the issue, using conceptual, normative and governance perspectives to explore the challenges and possible solutions for making international investment law more compatible with sustainable development. Chi suggests that reform of the IIA regime should feature redesigning the provisions of the agreements, improving the structure of IIAs, strengthening the function of soft law, engaging non-state actors and enhancing the dispute settlement mechanism. Available at